Social worker testifies about final response in case of Manitoba girl who died

The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - An inquiry into the death of a Manitoba girl is hearing about the last chance social workers had to intervene before Phoenix Sinclair was killed.

In March 2005, a foster parent relayed an anonymous complaint that four-year-old Phoenix was being abused by her mother and locked in her bedroom.

Jacki Davidson was the social worker who took that call.

She says she decided the call was not serious enough to warrant an emergency visit to the home that day.

Instead, she passed the tip on to a crisis response unit for — quote — "consideration."

Two workers from the unit went to the home a few days later and left without seeing Phoenix, who was beaten to death by her mother and mother's boyfriend three months later.