Russell, Reginald

Russell, Reginald        1884 January 5th               Timsbury

About ten days since, a little boy at Timsbury, about six years old, fell into a copper of boiling water. He was dreadfully scalded and lived on in great agony until last Friday, when death put an end to his sufferings.

On Monday, Mr B Harfield, deputy county coroner, held an inquest on the body, when Charles Seviour, a labourer, stated that on the 22nd of December last, between ten and eleven o’clock in the morning, he was in the farmyard immediately adjoining Mr Russell’s cottage, and heard a child crying. He ran into a wash-house, from whence the cries came, and saw deceased with one leg in the copper. The copper lid was broken in pieces. Witness lifted him out, and carried him part of the way round the house, where he met the mother.

Mrs Russell said her child’s name was Reginald John, and he was about five years old. The copper was heated every morning, and she could not tell why deceased got upon it, nor could she learn from him.

Dr Buckell, who was sent for two days after the accident, said the treatment of the wounds by the mother was quite correct. The whole of the right leg was severely scalded, and he considered death to have resulted from the nervous shock to the brain from the extent and severity of the scald.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.

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