Channing, Alice

Channing, Alice         1879 September 13th

An inquest was held at the Infirmary on Tuesday morning, by Mr George Smith (borough coroner) and a jury, of whom Mr Brooks was foreman, on the body of Alice Maud Channing, aged 14 months, who died under the circumstances narrated in the evidence adduced.

The mother, who is the wife of a policeman in the Metropolitan force, stated that she had been with the child on a visit to some relatives who resided at Woodbury, near Exeter, and during a fortnight’s sojourn there the air did not seem to agree with the deceased, although on Sunday – the day previous to their starting for London – it was playing merrily with the ducks. After they had been in the train a short time on Monday, the deceased exhibited symptoms of being unwell, and appeared several times about to have a fit. It getting worse as she neared London, in spite of her efforts to resuscitate the deceased, at Salisbury she got out and at once proceeded to the Infirmary, where it died. The child had never had a fit before although from its birth upwards it had been of a weakly nature, and had required medical attendance. Latterly, however, it seemed to have improved.

Mr James Kelland, resident surgeon of the Infirmary, said he saw the deceased about two minutes after its arrival at the institution, and he found that it was then dead. In fact he considered that it died before it was brought in. From an examination he concluded that death occurred from convulsions through teething.

The jury returned a verdict to that effect, and kindly gave their fees to the parents.

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