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Dublin woman convicted of neglecting her children
Notice announcing the increase in separation allowance Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Dublin woman convicted of neglecting her children

Dublin, 19 September 1915 - A Dublin woman has been sentenced to six months’ hard labour and her children placed in care following her conviction for neglect this week. Catherine Brown of Waterford Street was charged by Inspector J. Slattery and Constable Cullinan with neglecting her four children - Annie (14), Christopher (9), Lily (6) and Kathleen (3).

Mrs. Brown’s husband is serving with the navy and she is in receipt of 26s. per week separation allowance.

The court heard evidence that Mrs. Brown had been drinking since August of last year. The family’s rooms at 20 Waterford Street were in a filthy condition, devoid of furniture with the bed consisting of just a few old rags in the corner of the room.

Inspector Slattery told the court that on several occasions he found Mrs. Brown lying drunk around her house, with her children naked, filthy and hungry.

Similar cases of neglect involving the children of women receiving separation money have been recorded in recent weeks.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


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