Altered documents in question at Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry

Allegations about altered documents were the focus of the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Tuesday.

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Allegations about altered documents were the focus of the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry Tuesday.

Debbie De Gale, a social worker with child and family services in Winnipeg, testified she recommended a 24-hour follow-up for Phoenix in May 2004.

But the form was allegedly altered to a 48-hour timeframe by her supervisor, Diana Verrier.

Verrier denied making any changes that would have diminished the level of concern to check on Phoenix.

The inquiry is looking at how child and family services handled Phoenix and whether they failed to protect her from her mom and stepdad.

Child services took Phoenix from her parents Samantha Kematch and Steve Sinclair after her birth in 2000.

She was given back to Kematch in 2004 and Phoenix was found murdered in 2005. She had been beaten to death.

Kematch and her boyfriend Karl McKay were given life sentences.

APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler reports Verrier appeared at the inquiry via video to give her side of the story.

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