Superman logo not allowed to be used in memorial of 5-year-old
TORONTO, Canada - In death, a 5-year-old boy has proven that even though he was a child, he may very well have been a super man.
Jeffrey Baldwin died back in 2002 after he was starved to death by his grandparents.
But, what many, including his father, remember most about Jeffrey is that he wanted to be Superman.
"He wanted to fly," the boy's father, Richard Baldwin, testified during a coroner's inquest last year, according to the Canadian Press. "He tried jumping off the chair. We had to make him stop. He dressed up (as Superman) for Halloween one year ... He was so excited. I have that picture at home hanging on my wall. He was our little Man of Steel."
All family and friends wanted for Jeffrey was one lasting tribute to the boy and his favorite superhero.
But, as the Canadian Press reports, DC Entertainment is blocking an effort to allow the Superman logo to adorn a memorial statue of the boy that's currently under construction.
It's a statue that's being paid for by strangers, moved by Jeffrey's story.
But, Todd Boyce, the man who began the fundraising efforts, said DC Entertainment, which owns the rights to Superman and other comic characters, doesn't want the character connected to any form of child abuse.
"They weren't comfortable with that," Boyce told the Canadian Press, adding that he was angry at first, but has since softened his stance after discussions with several people at the company and their attorneys.
"(I) realized that the most important thing is to have a fitting monument for Jeffrey, that it's about him," Boyce said. "To be fair to DC, I don't think they wanted to say no. I think they gave it serious thought."
As an alternative to the "S" logo, the statue of Jeffrey will now incorporate a "J." It's scheduled to be unveiled in September.