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Warren Johnson, Donna Irving, Guardians Of Katelynn Sampson, Get Life In Prison

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Skye Soutar (left) is consoled by her mother Pam after leaving the funeral for seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson in Toronto on Tuesday August 12, 2008. Hundreds of mourners grieved at the funeral for a seven-year-old girl who was found dead in her caregiver's apartment with savage injuries that shocked even hardened police officers.
Skye Soutar (left) is consoled by her mother Pam after leaving the funeral for seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson in Toronto on Tuesday August 12, 2008. Hundreds of mourners grieved at the funeral for a seven-year-old girl who was found dead in her caregiver's apartment with savage injuries that shocked even hardened police officers.

TORONTO - The guardians of a Toronto girl have been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 15 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in her death.

Seven-year-old Katelynn Sampson died in 2008 with 70 injuries found on her body, in a case that drew outrage.

Police say Warren Johnson, 50, and Donna Irving, 33, beat the girl for months until she went into septic shock.

It was later revealed a family court judge had granted custody of the child to Irving, despite her criminal convictions for prostitution, drugs and violence.

Advocates at the time argued that a number of points of protection had failed Katelynn.

The province has since made changes requiring guardians applying for custody who are not parents to provide a police background check as part of their application.

The pair took Katelynn into their home when her drug-addicted mother tried to get clean and promised to pay them $200 a month.

"I am in pain, I'm hurt all the time, I have a constant sense of hopelessness," Katelynn's mother Bernice said in a victim impact statement. "All I want to know is why, why did they take something that didn't belong to them?"

Katelynn's grandmother also read a statement, along with a former teacher and the principal at her former school.

(CFRB, 680News)

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