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Closing arguments to begin at Katelynn Sampson inquest

Closing arguments begin Friday at an inquest into the death of a seven-year-old Toronto girl eight years ago.

Katelynn Sampson was beaten for months until she died from complications from her injuries. Her battered body was found early on Aug. 3, 2008, in the apartment of a couple who were supposed to be caring for her.

Donna Irving and Warren Johnson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in her death. Katelynn’s mother, Bernice Sampson, was addicted to crack and gave her daughter to Johnson and Irving in a misguided attempt to give Katelynn a better life.

The inquest heard that several agencies, including the Children’s Aid Society, missed opportunities to help the Toronto girl before her death despite knowing her guardians had previous criminal convictions.