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CHRISTGKURCH, April 28. Myrtle Lily llathgen, "infant daughter of Mr and Mrs F. T. Rathgen,.of Tai Tapu, met with a fatal accident in .Cashel Street about 11.30 a.m. oh Saturday. Slie was; in a trap with her parents and another child, two and a-half years old. When'the trap -was opposite the Zetland Hotel the horse slipped on. the asphalt ,arid stumbled and fell. The occupants- were thrown out. The baby, which was aged throe months and ten days, fell close to the horse,' which after struggling in vain ■to get. on i^s . foe.t'i, '■[, rolled, . over on to the.child, which was badly'crushed. Sergeaht-Major Doiibleday gave help and took the child to the Hospital, where it died soon after it way admitted. .The mother,was cut on the head. She was attended to in 'a fruiterer's shop, and later was taken homo by her husband, was uninjured. An inquest was opened by Mr 8. E. McCarthy, S.M., at the Police Station yesterday, morning. Dr. L. A. Bennett said that the child was brought to the Hospital at 11.30. There was a bad fracture of the base of tho skull, and although the child was breathing^ it died within half an hour. The injuries were sufficient to cause death.

The Coroner returned a verdict thai the 'child died aa the result of injuries received by being accidentally thrown out of a ,gig, and that there was no evidence 'suggesting negligent " driving. . ■

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BABY KILLED BY HORSE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9596, 28 April 1919

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BABY KILLED BY HORSE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9596, 28 April 1919

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