Essex, Annie

Essex, Annie           1882 November 18th

An inquest was held at the Infirmary on Monday afternoon, by Mr G Smith (city coroner) and a jury (of whom Mr Newton was chairman), on the body of Annie May Essex, a child of ten years old, the daughter of Edward Essex, carriage-laborer, of 45, Culver-street.

Mr Mervyn Wilson, surgeon of the institution, stated that deceased was admitted on November 2nd. She was suffering from a severe cold (scald). She lingered until that morning and died at five o’clock. She was scalded over the lower part of the abdomen, both buttocks and both legs and thighs. Death he attributed to exhaustion resulting from the severe injuries. The child gradually sank. He should think a teapot full of scalding water would be sufficient to have caused these injuries.

Edward Essex, the father, stated that on Thursday week, at about twenty minutes to two, after he had finished dinner, his wife placed a large teapot full of boiling water on the hearth outside the fender, they intending to have a cup of tea. He had been playing with the child, and she stopped before the fire and in front of the teapot. He put out his had to reach her, when she stumbled over the teapot. The teapot, which he should say would hold three quarts of water, was upset, and the deceased, as her clothes were over the utensil, received the whole of the contents over her body. He placed nothing to the wounds, but brought the child at once to the Infirmary. The child was two years and three weeks old.

The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”

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