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Katelynn Sampson inquest to hear from child welfare workers

TORONTO — The inquest into the death of a seven-year-old Toronto girl killed by her guardians is expected hear today from workers at one of the child welfare agencies called about her case.

Native Child and Family Services received several calls about Katelynn Sampson while she lived with Donna Irving and Warren Johnson.

The agency's executive director previously testified that several opportunities to help Katelynn were missed but he denied that those mistakes led to the girl's death on Aug. 3, 2008.

Katelynn was beaten for months until she died of septic shock from her injuries.

Her mother, Bernice Sampson, was addicted to crack and gave her daughter to Irving and Johnson after realizing she could no longer care for the girl.

The couple was granted custody despite a lengthy history with child welfare and several criminal convictions. They later pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her death.

The Children's Aid Society of Toronto was also called about Katelynn but referred the case to Native Child and Family Services due to Irving's aboriginal heritage.

The Canadian Press

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