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A mysterious tragody occurred m Asylum Boad, Birmingham, on Saturday night, September 1, Mrs Ada Fereday, the wife of a working man, went oat marketing about s ; x o'clock m the evening, leaving her infant, six months old, lyiog m the bassinette perambulator m front of tne fire. She also left m "the house two older children, her cousin, a boy aged 12, and a girl aged 10 Mra Fereday's father was also lying drunk and asleep on a sofa. On her return the boy had gone out, but the little girl said, ' Oh, look at the blood on the floor." She then found that the Infant had been deeply out -near its ankle, and that a table-koife was lying m the perambulator. The girl Alice Forrester stated at first that she had done it as a boy m the street had told her it would bring her good luck. The mother took the baby to a surgery, where an assistant sewed up the wound m the foot that w*s shown to him. toon after, while nursing the infant, the mother found that the other ' foot was also bieeding, and on examining it found thit it was nearly cut off. Ti:e infant was taken to the General Hospital, where It died about ten minutes after The police at first suspeo.ed the mother and grandfather, but wore satisfied that they wete innorent, and that the fatal injurieeiwere inflioted by one or both the children, whom they retained m custody. The boy states that he went out and knew nothing about it, and the girl, revoking the statement first made to the mother, also professes ignorance. Mr Harris, the surgeon of the General Hospital, who examined the child, says it is hardly likely that a girl Bged ten, or even a boy aged twelve, could have inflicted the injuries on the deceased — oertainly not with the knife which was found m the perambulator, which was an ordinary t»b!e knif*, not very sharp. He could hardly have performed the work himself with Buch an instrument. On this theory be has instructed the police to look out for another knife with a sharper blade. The time m which such injuries were inflioted would not not be long. They seem to have been made with a razor, bo clean are the cats, and two sweepß of such a blade would be sufficient to sever a child's foot — the work of a few seconds — and the child might not cry on account of the force of the shock. At the time tho child was brought to the hospital the p ;ople had no notion, apparently, that it was dying ; they brought it junt to bava the wounds dressed, bit he saw the serious state of the case, and caused them to be detained

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1978, 24 October 1888

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A CHILD CHARGED WITH MURDER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1978, 24 October 1888