Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 9 Apr 1920

Place: Vane Hill

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The body of a newly-born female child was found behind some railings surrounding a piece of waste ground at Vane Hill On Tuesday 6 April 1920.

The parcel that the baby was wrapped up in was first noticed by a nurse who had left the Nursing Home at Vane Hill where she worked at about noon to go into town. When she returned at about 12.45pm the parcel was still there. however, it looked bulky and out of reach and so she told the matron about it. Later the nurse and another woman went back for it and the other woman scaled the railings and passed the parcel out.

When they took it back, the matron opened it and found the body of the dead child.

The child was naked and wrapped up in two broken paper bags and tied up with string. There were no marks on the wrappings.

There were no marks of violence on the body and the house surgeon said that he was unable to say whether the child had had a separate existence.

The cause of death was given as being due to haemorrhage and inattention.

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see Western Times - Friday 09 April 1920