A SAD CASE. Four children, John Oliver Peck, Albert Gordon Peck, Francis Beatrice Legg, .and! May Legg, aged respectively twelve, seven, j six, and two years, were brought up at the Magistrate's Court this morning to answer a charge of having no adequate means of subsistence. The children's mother appeared. The Inspector stated that the police liad foundi the children in a wretched, leaky, one-rot\med cottage on the sandhills at Burwood. There was no fireplace in the ■house, very little furniture, only some old 1 sacks for bedding, and mot a scrap of food. The children had been playing outside, illclad and ill-kept. The mother, Isabella Peck, stated that her husband had died years ago, and ; until recently she had been living with a man named'Legg, who, however, had been sentenced to a term of. imprisonment for assault, and she had been left to her own resources. The Charitable Aid Bpard allowed her 7s p«T- week in food for the support of hei^lf and the four childtren. She paid Is per week rent for the cottage. She said she did not want to part with her children, but seemed! stupid and apathetic. Mr Bishop committed the children to the Christchurch Receiving Home. The mother will go to the Samaritan Horns, I and will be allowed to keep the- youngest child at .present^ . . ^
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NEGLECTED CHILDREN., Star, Issue 7149, 13 July 1901
NEGLECTED CHILDREN. Star, Issue 7149, 13 July 1901
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