25 March 2015

On This Day: Father of dead baby charged

George Shultz was charged with fornication On This Day in 1880. Shultz fathered the dead female baby who had been discovered the week prior. The mother was Christina Denning. She had placed the child in a box. 

The deceased decomposing infant was discovered on the 17th when an unpleasant odor was discovered. Denning had been imprisoned until she was cleared of any criminal intent. The child had been stillborn.  

Source:
Lancaster daily intelligencer. (Lancaster, Pa.), 25 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.