Woman Throws Infant into the Liffey

Published: 17 June 1913

Margaret Reilly, a married woman of no fixed abode, appeared in court today charged with murdering her two and a half month old daughter. On the night of 14 June, a few days after she had left the Westmoreland Lock Hospital, where the child had been born, it appears that Reilly threw the infant into the Liffey. The infant’s body was retrieved from the water at the O’Connell bridge and was still wearing the clothes she had been dressed in by the hospital. On her arrest, Reilly responded that, ‘my husband gave me no money and I threw the child in the Liffey after leaving the Lock Hospital’. The court remanded her for a week.

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