Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: male

Date: 12 Apr 1960

Place: Kirkby Trading Estate, Liverpool

The body of a newly-born child was found wrapped up in a parcel in Kirby.

The body was found by a nine-year-old schoolboy that had lived in Peatwood Avenue in Southdene, Kirby as he was going home. He said that he saw the parcel under some bricks on the Kirkby Trading Estate and then saw what looked like a baby and that after he ran home and told his father.

The pathologist that carried out the post mortem examination said that the child was apparently newly-born. He said that there were little pieces of charred newspaper on its skin and some charring of the skin but that there was no evidence that any of those injuries had occurred before death.

He gave the child’s cause of death as being atelectasis which he said meant that the child's lungs had failed to expand but said that there was no evidence to show how that had been brought about.

The police said that they had been unable to trace the person responsible for putting the child's body where it was found.

An open verdict was returned at the inquest.

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see Liverpool Echo - Tuesday 12 April 1960