Hitchin sensation

Hertfordshire Mercury, 1st May 1915


A sensation was caused in Hitchin on Thursday evening, when it became known that the body of a child had been found dead on Windmill Hill.  It appears that about 7 o’clock in the evening two lads observed a light brown paper parcel, fastened with a travelling strap, lying in the spinney on the side of the hill, and upon investigation they found that the parcel contained the body of a female child.  The police were at once communicated with, and Sergt. Bearder took charge of the body, which was that of a well-developed child of about three months, which had only recently been vaccinated.  The body was nourished and comfortably clothed, and according to medical opinion must have been alive on Thursday morning.  The child had brown hair and grey eyes, and was clothed in a flannel binder, back flannel, woollen stockingette vest, with white calico nightdress, and was wearing napkins of Turkish towelling.  The vaccination was part covered with lint and cotton, fastened with sticking plaster.

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