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INQUEST

Yesterday afternoon an inquest was held bv the District Coroner -(Mr C. C. Graham, S.M.) at the house of Mrs Dyas. 290 King street, to inquire into the circumstances of the death of Joh.nl A. Rankin, an infant six weeks of age. who died suddenly early yesterday morning. Sergeant M'Keefry represented the police.

Nora.li Rankin, mother of the child, said | it was removed to the Hospital three day.* | after birth owing to an affection of the j eye?. On, the 14th insi. she put the cliihl I in the care of Mrs Dyas, 2SO~ King street, j who a home for infants. It was then ' in food 'health, and she had not seen it since, j Ellen J. Dyas fitted that the child was i crying a good deal during the night. ;iud ;. she had to remain up with it. At about I 5.39 a.m. she laid it face downwards on the ] pillow in order to relieve it. and dozed I oft to sleep. She woke in about half an i hour and found the child to he dead. j ])r Emily Sicdeberg paid she was called | in see the child at 6.30 that- nioniinur. and j had found it ouite dead. There were no [ signs of violence on the body, but a cer- ' tain blceucss- of the lips indicated death ' by suffocation It- was possible that sutfo- - ration had resulted from laying the. child ; on its face on the pillow, and ■witness < not consider that it was a safe course to ; puisne, though she did not con.-ider there i had been r-.ny ncsleet on tho part of Mrs | I'M as. Further than that, tin child suf- ; fcrcd from a complaint of tho throat which j would tend to render it, liable to Piifi'oca- ; iion. She considered that the cause, of j death was accidental suffocation. ' The Coroner returned a verdict in ae ; cordance with the medical testimony— I namely, that death was du-e to accidental ; suffocation, no particular bicnie being ,-ii. \ tachable to anyone, ;

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INQUEST, Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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INQUEST Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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