20 March 2015

On This Day: Coroner Inquest clears mother in dead baby case

A Coroner’s Inquest, led by Dr. Compton, has cleared the deceased child’s mother of any criminal intent. The jury found that the child was in fact still born and that the mother had no criminal intent. The complaint against the mother was withdrawn and she was released from prison On This Day in 1880. 

The mother, as reported two days ago, is identified as Christina Denning, a domestic. She had the birthed a stillborn girl. The child was discovered earlier this week. 

Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 20 March 1880. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. 


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events.                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.