Shocking Parental Neglect.
At the District Court, Ashburton, on Tuesday, before His Honor Judge Ward, application was made to have the five children of John Rogers removed from his custody. Three of the little waifs appeared in Court very scantily clothed with dirty strips of rags, and save that their rough fare of raw turnips and carrots had kept them healthy and fat, they were perfect specimens of the London gutter snipe. They had been used to huddling themselves together and sleeping in the open air, and their habits had become more like those of beasts than of children living in a Christian land. It was shown that the father was a man farming 100 acres of freehold land at Roxburgh, near Mount Somers, and all the accommodation he had for his children was a dirty hut, without furniture or bedding of any kind. The children were utterly neglected, and were as wild as young hares. His Honor strongly condemned the conduct of Rogers, saying that the manner in which he had neglected his family was a disgrace to civilisation and humanity. He warned Rogers that if he again appeared before the Court on any charge connected with his children he would most probably be sent to gaol. The children were committed to the Nelson Industrial Home. The elder boy has not yet been “ caught," though the father has been ordered to capture him and bring the little Arab into Ashburton.—‘Press.’
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Shocking Parental Neglect., Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
Shocking Parental Neglect. Evening Star, Issue 7915, 24 May 1889
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