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STARVING A CHILD TO DEATH.

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STARVING A CHILD TO DEATH. At the Police-court of St. Hilier's, Jersey, a few davs ago, Sophia Quenault, wife of Edward Quenault, a brickumker, and a ticket-of-leaye man. was charged with having caused the death of her infant child by starvation. On the 13th of May she was charged at the same court with drunkenness and neglect of the child. On that occasion the child was exhibited in the court, and the sight caused a sensation of horror in all who wit- nessed it. Although five months old, it measured only 17in. in length, and weighed 21b. lOoz. Its legs were no thicker than a good sized man's finger, and the poor child looked more like an animated doll than a human being. The former on that occasion was sent to gaol for a week, and the child was taken to the gen- eral hospital (the workhouse.) For. two or three days the child could not retain its food, but it gradually recovered strength, and by the end of the week was able to eat well. At the expiration of her -iml)rison- ment the prisoner claimed her child, and it was given to her. Two days afterwards the police were informed that the child was dead, and on going to the house where the prisoner lived, found her dead drunk, and the child lying on a table, the room containing nothing else but a handful of straw. On a post mortem exami- nation being made, the stomach of the child was found to be quite empty, the medical officer declaring that death had resulted from starvation. The hus- band of the prisoner told the police that she had killed her first child in the same way, and he hoped she would be hanged. The prisoner, who had nothing to say to the charge, was comniitted for trial on the charge of murder.

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