Date: 3 Sep 1933
Place: Whitley Bay
The body of a newly-born child was found on the sands at Whitley Bay.
It was found by two youths on the sands south of Watts Cafe.
When a policeman went to have a look, he found a head above the sand and then found that it was the nude body of a newly-born male child with nothing to indicate its identity.
The doctor that carried out the post-mortem said that he thought that it had been dead for 24 to 48 hours and that it had had a separate existence. He said that there were three small bruises on the left side of the skull but that there was no sign of a fractured skull and added that the bruises might have been caused if the child had been dropped.
The doctor said that he thought that the child had died from asphyxia and that its death was due to strangulation, probably by hands.
The inquest returned a verdict that the child died from asphyxia in the process of or from want of attention at birth.
see Shields Daily News - Tuesday 12 September 1933