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Supposed Child Murder at Newark.

William Derry discovered the body of a dead baby.

THE NOTTINGHAM EVENING POST, SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 1893.

SUPPOSED CHILD MURDER AT NEWARK.

An inquest was held last night at the Newark Arms, Appleton-gate, before Mr. Coroner Foot(?) relative to the death of a newly-born male child which had been found in a garden on the Queen's road. - Mr. Samuel Forster said he resided at Appletongate, and was a provision dealer. He occupied a garden in Queen's-road. It was boarded round, partly walled and partly boarded, with a lock up door. To obtain entrance without a key a person would have to go over the wall, which was 6 1/2 ft (?) high. He was in the garden on Tuesday, an on leaving locked ib? up and handed the key to William Derry, to whom he sold some boxes and barrels. On Thursday Derry came to him about 2.45 p.m., and said he had found the body of a child in the garden, near to the wall. Witness went to the police, and on going to the garden saw the child wrapped in some canvas with an apron and some other rags round it. The body was about two yards from the path-side, at the nearest to Appleton-gate, and was not hidden. On Tuesday both he and Derry went past the spot and there was nobody there then. - By the jury : It would be possible to pass into the garden from others through the hedge. It was possible for the child to have been thrown over the wall. The body was stiched up in canvas. - William Derry, 5, Elgin-place, described as a huckster of vegetables, said he found the child's body on the Thursday afternoon, while looking for some firewood he had bought off the previous witness on the Tuesday. He found the body beside a heap of coal slack, paper, and broken bottles. - P.c. Applewhite having given evidence, Dr. O'Neill said he was called to examine the body at six o'clock on Thursday last. It was a fully developed child, and there were no external marks of violence. He was unable to form any opinion as to the cause of death from external examination. He should say the child had lived many hours, and that its birth took place over five days ago. There was no food in the stomach. He thought that the child was put in the wrapper as soon as it was born. - The jury returned an open verdict.

Owner/SourceThe Nottingham Evening Post, British Newspaper Archive
PlaceNewark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England
Latitude53.07497799999999
Longitude-0.8050160000000233
Linked toWilliam Derry

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