Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: female

Date: 8 May 1930

Place: Chequers Bridge, Derby

Source: www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

The body of a newly-born child was found in a bag in the canal at Derby.

Death was due to inattention at birth and asphyxia.

There was a mark around its neck that was possibly caused by the cord round the bag.

The body was found by a man as he was walking past Chequers' Bridge. He said that he saw the bag in about one foot of water and poked it with his stick saying that he was startled when he saw a baby's foot protruding. He said that he then drew the bag to the side and found the baby inside along with a piece of concrete.

When the Coroner summed up he said that there was no doubt that the child had drowned alive.

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see Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal - Friday 09 May 1930