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16 February 2015, 12:32
A woman killed by her 13-year-old foster child was a kind and caring person who had an affinity with children, her husband has told an inquiry.
Dawn McKenzie, 34, was stabbed by the teenager she and her husband Bryan were looking after at their home in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, in 2011.
A Fatal Accident Inquiry into the circumstances of her death heard that Mrs McKenzie decided to look into becoming a foster carer after years working as a nursery nurse.
Mr McKenzie, 40, told the inquiry in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire: "She was a very sweet, kind girl, very caring.
"She was a strong person as well, very determined and very hard-working.''
The couple, who did not have children of their own, began looking into fostering in 2010 after Mrs McKenzie saw a newspaper advert and told her husband it was something she was interested in.
They made inquiries with Foster Care Associates and undertook a training course and assessments, the inquiry before Sheriff David Bicket at the GLO Centre was told.
Mr McKenzie, a joiner, said: "She felt she had a lot more to give.
"She had really taken herself as far as she could as a nursery nurse.
"She had a real affinity with kids and she wanted to help. This was the logical next step for her and I was supportive of her.''