Unsolved Murders


Age: 0

Sex: female

Date: 7 Mar 1938

Place: Tile Hill Lane, Coventry

The body of a newly-born female child was found in a ditch in Tile Hill Lane, Coventry, near the Standard Motor Works.

The Coroner said that there was no positive evidence of foul play.

The child had been wrapped up in a pair of rubber corsets and had then been placed in a brown paper carrier-bag.

It had been found by a boy who had been playing near the ditch.

The pathologist said that the cause of death was suffocation, although said that that might have been caused by inattention at birth.

He said that there was a mark of constriction round its neck and there was a small abrasion on the neck that had ruptured the left jugular vein. However, the doctor said that the neck injury might have been caused by a woman's suspender.

He said that deliberate strangulation was possible but that it could not be proved

He said that the child had only lived for a few minutes.

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see Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 16 March 1938