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DREADFUL CHILD MURDER AT I…

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DREADFUL CHILD MURDER AT HIGHGATE. On Saturday evening Dr. Lankestar held an inquiry at the Gate-house Tavern, North-street, Highgate, into the circumstances of the murder of a female child, ten days old, that had been chopped up with a. hatchet. Robert M. Pringle, a tailor, living in North-street, Highgate, said that on Thursday evening last, at eight o'clock, he was walking along Green Dragon-lane, when he found a parcel tied up carefully with twine. He had passed that way five minutes previously, and the parcel was not there then. He took it up and carried it home. He opened it in the presence of his family, and a child's head rolled out upon the table. He put the head back instantly, and took the parcel1 to the police station. Police-constable Alfred Hayley, 15 S, said that he re- ceived the parcel from the last witness. It consisted of the head, trunk, and leg of a child, wrapped up in three newspapers and a piece of calico. The papers were two copies of the Times, of September and November, 1864, and the Standard of January, 1865. Dr. N. J. Wetherall said that he had examined the remains of the deceased. He found the trunk and the head, and one leg of a full-grown female child. It appeared to have been about ten days old, but he could not be positive on that point. The body had been out or rather chopped up with a sharp weapon, evidently a small hatchet. The head was chopped off at the neck; it appeared as if it had been chopped in a slanting manner, while the body had been placed on the back on a hard substance. Both legs were chopped off at the thighs. Only one leg was in the parcel. The two arms had been cut off close to the body, and were missing. The stomach had been split up with a knife, and the bowels taken out; they were missing. A knife had been inserted under- neath the ribs, wrenching them back and break- ing them. Two ribs were absent. The heart, lungs, and liver were removed. A pesi-mortem examination proved that there was a clot of blood un- derneath the scalp, which had apparently resulted from a blow. It was impossible to tell the precise cause of death, in consequence of the mutilated state of the body. The child had not been dead longer than twelve or eighteen hours before its remains were found in the parcel. A juror suggested that the object of dismembering the child might have been to facilitate the destruction of the body by fire: but that, when the viscera was burnt, the party engaged in the crime became alarmed lest the smell of the burning flesh might cause dis- oovery, and that the remainder of the body was on that account thrown away in the public road. Dr. Wetherall said that he considered that the theory in question was very likely to be the correct one. The Coroner said that it would be very desirable that the police should visit the various houses in the neighbourhood and inquire whether any of the inmates had noticed a smell of burning flesh within the last few days. Inspector Westlake said that he had specially de- tached Sergeant Harrison to investigate the case. No clue had as yet been discovered, but Harrison would continue his inquiries until some result was ob- tained. The jury said that they were ready to return a ver- dict of wilful murder in the case as it stood. It was clear that an atrocious murder had been com- mitted. The Coroner said that it would be by far the best plan to adjourn the inquiry in order to see whether the publicity that would bo given to the case in the news- papers might lead to the detection of whoever was concerned in the crime. A child ten days old would surely be missed from some household. The proceedings were then adjourned.

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