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DEATH OF A CHiLD FROM 8 TAR VA TION AND NEGLECT. Mr. C. J. Carttar^ one of the coroners for Kent, held a lengthened inquiry, at the Crown public-house, Greenwich, on the body of Edmund Sugrue, a child six years a,Sei wno died under shocking circum- stances. It appeared that the father of the deceased is in regular employ, earning from 24s to 30a. per week wages, SIX weeks ago his wife and a daughter aged 13 were convicted at the Kent Quarter Sessions of felony, and the former was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and the latter to a short imprisonment and to be detained in a reformatory for four years. were four other children besides the deceased, ?? o i0 f^her was given to habits of intemperanoe. 5 Saturday an application was made to the relieving omcer for an order for surgical attendance on the deceased and granted; but from a representation subsequently made to him, the relieving officer went to a house in Garratt-court, Church-street, Greenwich, and there found the deceased and four other children lying nearly in a state of nudity on the bare floor with only a rag covering. The father at this time was drunk in the streets. The re- lieving officer had the deceased conveyed to the union, where on examination by Mr. Sturton, the house sur- geon, he was found in an emaciated state, almost pulseless and literally covered with vermin. Every attention was paid to the unfortunate little thing, but he had been too far neglected to rally, and expired on Wednesday. A post-mortem examination had been made, and it showed that although deceased had suf- fered from pleuritis, death had been accelerated through neglect and want of proper food. The Coroner observed that in the course of a lengthened experience he had never met with a more shocking case, and it would scarcely be credited that any human being could be found to have acted in so disgraceful a manner as the father appeared to have done. He was certainly no adveoate for the use of the lash, but if flogging was sanctioned he thought it should be applied in a case such as that before the jury. The inquest room was then cleared, and after de- liberating half-an-hour the Coroner announced that the jury had determined upon adjourning the inquiry for a week, and he at the same time considered it his duty to order the father of the deceased into custody, and to be charged before the magistrate with neglect- ing the deceased and accelerating his death. Police-constable Winter, the coroner's summoning officer, then took the father, Bartholomew Sugrue, into custody, and the next morning he was taken before Mr. Traill, at the Greenwioh police-court, and remanded.

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