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Cruel Neglect of Children

' **ofe 6V*» the Society, frr jfche Pr(Swirtfcm of Cruelty to' Children TH$4 b£ten imported so gross a case pf.jne^ct'aa that m which it secured *i ocHptxiutiwi^at Leeds recently. ; lA)ur chlSArm— threo niked, anotlier scare% cli*d, and all infested with YwMfr~*eie found

*n a house which rivalled even its occupants m destitution. It was absolutely foul.,with excrement and Other filth, contained hardly any fupnitrire. and no food. In this •wretched stajbe tho poor children are stated to have; lived for months, notwithstanding the fact that the family income from, all sources must have exceeded £1 per week. As may be guessed, the source of all 'this misery was drink, Jthe mother being hopelessly intemperate, and the father either careless or equally hopeless of effecting any change for the better. In this case the operation of the Cruelty Prevention Act was seen to advantage., Under its provisions the childreia were immediately removed to the keeping of more careful hands, and both parents were convicted and sentenced. li\ the circumstances every reasonable person must approve the statement made by the; presiding magistrate, that here was an J instance of wilful neglect, m which, j with a» income which ought to have j sufficed for ordinary means of sustenance, a family of children Wad been forced to subsist m a state of mere savagery. The sentence of two months pronounced, upon the mother certainly does not err' on the side of severity. Aa regards the male parent, whose offence w»s mainly that of trusting to his utterly incapable partner, a lighter penalty was not unnaturally held to be Sufficient. The authorities will doubtless be careful that, after this, neither is allowed to resume the ruinous exercise of quasi-parental " duty." —« Lancet." ______

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Cruel Neglect of Children, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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Cruel Neglect of Children Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2555, 28 October 1890

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