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A BRUTAL FATHER JN THE) RHONDDA.i

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A BRUTAL FATHER JN THE ) RHONDDA. SHOCKING ILI^TRE ATMENT OF A CHILD. At Cymmer Police-court on Wednesday—before Dr. 'Parry and Mr. Thomas Jones — Stephen Thomas, collier, residing m Winslade-terrace, Trealaw, was charged with cruelty to his child, ■five years of age.—Mr. Spowart, of the firm of Messrs. Morgan and Rhys, Pontypridd, defended. It appeared from the evidence of the prisoner's wife that she had been carried to the prisoner about eight years, and that they had led a most unhappy life, prisoner having on numerous occa- sions beaten her unmercifully. She-had had four children by him. About three years ago prisoner sold all the household effects and most of her and the littte children's wearing apparel, and went to America, leaving his family behind absolutely destitute and homeless. Having lived for some time in the United States,1 he wrote to his wife stating that he had got married there, and as he would never return to Wales, she could take what course title pleased regarding her future life. About fifteen months ago he altered his mind and came, .back to the Rhondda, but did not return to his wife, who: had lived,since his departure with her parents in the locality. He rented a house in the immediate vicinity .and took away the little boy from the custody of his mother to live with him and the housekeeper he had engaged. The little child was, however, habituallyiineglecfced by the .ptisoner, who spent most of Ms leisure time in public-houses in the district, reclaming there frequently until eleven o'clock at night. The little child .was practically homeless, and sometimes watering about the roads as late as eleven o'clock in the evening. On Tuesday evening prisoner retu&s4d.;home drunk, and finding fthe child absent vant to the little boy's grandmother's residence whore the child,hai-, gone for foodand shelter. He immediately seized the child, polled him violently off the stool whereon he wta seated, and administered a furious kick on the cold's leg, hurling hip: off the ground through the kitchen door several yards away, j He also beat tito child savagely QL the back, and struck him besitally with his fUi on the head, causing the dial I to fall heavily ^against some railings outside, and a wound ve the eye, which bled precisely. The prisoner was soon afterwards arreted by Sergeant •>? £ ayle, Tony- pandy, and tak$? to the lock-up. The little boy having been partially divested cf-iiis clothing and the bruises tn his back exhibited to the ^magistrates, the B**iich remarked that the injuries iadictcd upon the child's body were enough to make any humane person shudder.—Bii^oner was eej&ienced to two mosiths' imprisonment with hard lab&ar, and ordered fcc pay the costs, aud-Sergeant Hayie was instructed to place the child V^^orarily Ui> tic custody of thetsnindmother.

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