West Briton, 24 November 1843

CORONER'S INQUEST

On Monday last, at Calstock, on view of the body of WILMOT[?] BATE, a little girl three years old. It appeared that the mother left her in the kitchen about eleven o'clock, on Friday morning, and had not been gone five minutes before her neighbours ran to her, and said her child had caught herself on fire. She ran home, and found the child so dreadfully burnt that she died on the following day. The coroner remarked that this was the third inquest which had been holden since last Thursday, on children burnt to death, all of whom were clad in cotton dresses, which, if once ignited would be almost sure to prove fatal to the wearer. Verdict. Accidental death.

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