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Edition: February 16, 1877 February 16, 1877
An inquest was held at the Police Station, Cleator Moor, on Saturday, touching the death of an illegitimate child of Bridget GRIFFIN, housekeeper to James SLOAN, Ennerdale Road, Cleator Moor. On Thursday week, Patrick SLOAN, son of James SLOAN, went upstairs and found one of the bedroom doors tied with a string. He inquired why this was done, and GRIFFIN said "It's to let none of you in." He went into the room and found the body of a child lying amongst some clothes. Dr. GRANT of Cleator Moor made a post mortem examination of the body, and believed it to be a seven months' male child. In his opinion it had no independent existence apart from the mother. When apprehended by Inspector BROWN, Bridget GRIFFIN said it was her child, and that she had no means of burying it. It never was alive. The jury gave a verdict that the child was still-born. The prisoner was brought before the Whitehaven Bench of Magistrates yesterday and committed to take her trial at the Assizes.