25th February 1884
Reference Numbert18840225-342
VerdictNot Guilty > unknown

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342. KATE MARSHALL (22) , Feloniously casting and throwing a certain newborn male child into a dust heap, with intent to murder it.


THOMAS MARSHALL . I am brother to the prisoner's husband—I live at 4, Haydon Square—I believe the prisoner lived at 154, Old Montague Street with her mother—on 16th January, in consequence of a statement made to me, I looked in a dust hole there and saw a newborn baby,

naked, covered over with ashes and cinders—I took it out by the hand and gave it to Ellen Noble, who took it to the Union.

ELLEN NOBLE . I live at 49, Old Montague street—on 16th January, between 2 and 3 in the afternoon, the prisoner came to my door and said "There is a baby in the dust hole"—I ran over, went through the passage into the yard of 149, and saw Marshall take the baby out of the dusthole; I took a shawl from the prisoner, wrapped the child in it, and took it to the Union—the prisoner looked sober to me.

EMMA ELIZABETH PERRY . I am matron of the infirmary of the Whitechaple Union, I received the child from Noble, it was in a very cold, exhausted condition, and covered with dust and ashes—I removed three cinders from its mouth—I put it into a bath—while it was there it vomited a black gritty vomit—I saw the doctor remove some cinders from its month—on the 26th I saw the prisoner, and she asked how the child Was—I said "It is doing very well, why did you will use so beautiful a baby?"—she said she was very much intoxicated, she had been drinking, heavily for some days; that she was taken ill and while passing through the yard the child was born and fell on the stones, that she thought it was dead, she waited by it a short time and then laid it on the ashpit.

JAMES JOHN ILOTT . I am medical officer of the Whitechapel Infirmary—on 16th January, about 3 p.m., I saw the child there, it was covered with cinders, dust, and ashes, and was cold and exhausted—I had it put into a warm bath, and while there we took some cinders out of its mouth, about six pieces altogether; one larger than the others was at the back of the tongue; it was as large as a small bead—there were two excoriations, one at the back of the head and one on the back—those might have been done by the child falling on the stones—I do not think' that a child recently born could have taken in its mouth the cinders I found, I think they must have been put there—the baby could not have been in the dust hole more than a few minutes; the cord was broken—I had the child attended to and it is now doing well—if it had remained in the dust heap it would have been dead in ten minutes—I saw the prisoner about half-past 6, and examined her—she had been lately confined—she was then intoxicated—if the child had opened its mouth the cinders' might have fallen in.

JAMES BOYLE (Policeman H R 3). About 4 in the afternoon of the 16th, I saw the prisoner in Baker Row with two other women, about a quarter of a mile from Old Montague Street—I asked her where she lived, she said "In Whitechapel"—I said "Whitechapel is a large place, can't you tell me the name of the street?"—she said "If you want any information you must find out"—she was the worse for drink—I took her to the station; on the way she tried to get into several public-house—I took her to the Infirmary that she might be attended to.

JOHN HOLLAND (Police Inspector). The prisoner was brought to the station by Boyle—I had her placed in front of the fire—I told her she need not answer any questions I put to her unless she liked, if she did I should repeat it again—she said "Very well"—I said "Is it true that you have been delivered of a child to-day?"—she hesitated—her sister; Bridget Hill, who was with her, said "Why don't you tell the Inspector the truth?" and then Hill said "Yes, she has been delivered of a child," and the prisoner repeated after her, "Yes, I have"—I said "What did you do with it?"—she said "I placed it on the dustbin to go and get a

Bed gown for it"—I said "Do you know what has become of it now?"—she said "No, I don't?"—the sister then said "Tne fact of it is" governor, her husband has just returned from India, and she did not want him to know it"—the prisoner said "Yes, I did not want him to know it; give me a drop of brandy"—she was the worse for drink—Marshall followed the prisoner to the station, he was slightly the worse for drink, and so was Bridget Hill—the prisoner's husband came in with Marshall, and he was very much the worse for drink—I sent for a doctor and had the prisoner taken to the Infirmary—Bridget Hill was examined before the Magistrate in the prisoner's presence, she had the opportunity of asking her questions. (The deposition of Bridget hill was read.)

Prisoner's Defence. I am very sorry, I did not mean to do any harm to the child.


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