Gater, infant

Gater, infant        1888 February 18th

At the White Hart Hotel, on Monday afternoon, an inquest was held by Mr G Smith (City Coroner) relative to the death of the female child (un named) of Antony Gater (a chemist’s porter living at 5, Park Terrace, the Friary). Mr William Lane was foreman of the jury.

Rosina Gater, the mother of the child, said that on Sunday evening when she put it to bed she thought that it had a slight attack of bronchitis. Her other child had had bronchitis and was now doing well. The deceased was put to bed about half past eight and witness went just before nine, sleeping in the same bed as the child. She suckled the latter between one and two o’clock as it cried, and rocked it to sleep. It did not afterwards disturb her, but on getting up about half past seven she found that it was dead. It had been a healthy child. It was a month old on Saturday. As soon as she found it was dead she sent for the doctor.

By the Jury : During the night it laid on her arm. The other child and witness’s husband were sleeping in the same bed.

The father of the child deposed to finding the latter dead.

Dr Lee stated that he was called that morning to see the child and found it dead. He was of opinion that it died while in a fit of convulsions supervening on bronchitis. The deceased was a poor weakly child.

A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical testimony. The foreman of the jury expressed an opinion that no blame attached to the parents for sleeping together with the two children, as there was plenty of cubic space ; he, indeed, thought that considering the cold weather they adopted the best course.

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