3rd November 1861


About ten o’clock in the morning last Sunday, a woman was seen, by two boys, loitering under an arch on a piece of waste ground close to St Peter’s Church, Saffron-hill, with apparently a bundle of rags in her arms. She left the bundle on the ground and made off.

The boys went to the arch and saw a black parcel tied up with rope. On examining it, they found it to contain the body of a child.

Dr Brown, attached to the Clerkenwell workhouse, found the death of the child had been produced by putting its head in water until suffocated by drowning and then, to make doubly sure, the skull was forcibly fractured.

No fresh evidence has been produced.


On Tuesday morning, a female named Mahoney found the dead body of a female child in a small wicker basket which was lying in a dust-bin in front of houses situation it Dalston-square, Storer-street, Mile-end. When she opened the lid she found that the deceased had been recently born.

The body was removed to the workhouse, where one of the men in the dead-house unfastened the bandages around the waist and found a slip of paper stained with blood, upon which was written, “Mrs Clark, 1 Little Drummond-street, Euston-square”. Upon the lower portion of the paper there the following disconnected sentences: “See to parcel No 5” and “Front west flowers”.

A constable proceeded to the address, where it was discovered that a man and a woman named Clark had lodged there, but had gone away about a month.


A female child, newly born, was found in a cigar box, under very strange circumstances. On Thursday last, a workman was engaged in gardening in the Tower Hamlets Cemetery when he discovered a box lying in the grass, covered with leaves. The box was quite clean, and tied round with a piece of cord. He opened the lid and found the child.

The deceased was fully developed. The umbilical cord was not tied, and it appeared that the child had been born alive. There were marks from pressure around the mouth and nose.


On Tuesday, some workmen who had occasion to enter a house in West-street, Horsham, head the plaintive screams of a child coming from the water-closet. On looking down the aperture they discovered a fine full-grown female infant lying on the soil at a depth of twenty feet. With some difficulty they rescued it from its fearful position, yet alive, but at the last gasp.

The poor little thing, who had thus been so miraculously preserved from death, was taken to the work-house, and an investigation was set on foot by the police, which has resulted in the capture of a young woman, who will be charged with the attempted murder.

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