HORRIBLE CASE OF IN - FANTICIDE. THE MOTHER ADMITS HER GUILT.
i A case of infanticide, horrible in its i details, occurred somo time during yeßter- [ day. and was discovered last ovening. Tho , crime was committed by Mrs. Corrado, wife . of Mr. Pedro Corrado, a general olork in the ■ Colonial Insurance office, and the viotim was ; the youngest daughter of the family, a bright [ little ohild of four months. Mr. and Mm. Corrado live at the corner of Nelson-sti-eofc and Sussex-square, and have throe ohildron in addition to the little one whioh has mot with so Bhooking an end. Mr. Corrado left homo as usual about 0 o'clook yesterday morning, leaving his wifo and ohildren all well. He returned again from his office soon after 5 o'olook, and on entering tho houso his little fivo-year-old daughter ran to him , and Baid— " Oh, papa, baby's doad. Mamma . put her in the bath faco downward, and kept t her there." The statement was an alarming I one, and running upstairs to ascertain its , truth Mr. Corrado was Bhooked to find that i tho iufant was aotually dead. It had api parontly boon taken from the bath and laid . upon the bed. He enquired of his wife how i the ohild got into the bath, but she would not tell him, and he then wont for Dr. Fell, who attended as soon qb possible. It was found that nothing could be done for tho ohild, aa 1 it had been dead for Bomo honrß. In reply to a question put hor by the doctor, Mrs. (Jorrado stated quite calmly that she had droiraed it in tho bath, supplementing this admission with the extraordinary statomont that she did it because " the child was not hers— it had bson f changed. Dr. Fell afterwards prooeedod ? to the police station, and gave information > of tho occurrence. Deteotive Campbell 1 accordingly proceeded to the house and took Mrs. Corrado in custody. On being mode acquainted with the terrible obarge againßt her, she repeated to the detcotivo tho statement made to the dootor, that she had drowned the little girl in the bath, as it was not hers, having been ohanged. She talked most rationally, and appeared to bo but very little affected bytheoiroumstanoo. When the deteotive came to arrest her she i was seated at a table sewing. Mr. Corrado ■ states that some six years ago his wife was 3 obliged to bo confined in a private lunatio t asylum in Otago, and he belioves that her > mind must have again become unhingod, or she could nover havo oommitted Buoh a horriblo crime. Since her releaao from the asylum she has not shown the slightest *■ symptoms of her former unfortunate affliotion. She was quite alone in the house with the baby yesterday, the other ohildren having been Bent to school, and did not return until a Tory short time before their father arrived. Mrs. Corrado was brought up in the Magistrate's Court this morning, before Messrs. C. T. Richardson and J. L. Bacon, Justices, 1 and charged with murder. The caao waß not t gone on with, the Court aoceding to the i request of Chief Doteotive Benjamin for a ' remand until Tuesday next. Tho accused came into Court smiling, and apparently took no interest in the proceedings, nor did she appear to be in tho least way effeoted by the knowledgo that she stood charged wjth an admitted orime of mnrdor. She js an Irish, woman by birth, and her husband is an. Italian. The District Coroner (Mr. H. W. Robinson, R,M,) will hold an inquest upon the body of tho infant at Mr. Corrado's house at halfpast 7 o'olock this evening, In the moan, time Dr. Fell is making a past mortem examination of the body.
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HORRIBLE CASE OF IN -FANTICIDE. THE MOTHER ADMITS HER GUILT., Evening Post, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 87, 9 October 1889
HORRIBLE CASE OF IN -FANTICIDE. THE MOTHER ADMITS HER GUILT. Evening Post, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 87, 9 October 1889
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