ON THIS DAY – June 22, 1923

WEST FOOTSCRAY

At the morgue, the city coroner (Dr. R. H. Cole) conducted an inquiry into the death of a newly born female child, the body of which was found on June 22, wrapped in brown paper, between the rails, near the West Footscray railway station.
Dr. Crawford Mollison said that the child had been suffocated, but its skull had been fractured before death. The child had been murdered. Further evidence was given that inquiries to discover parentage of the child had been unsuccessful. Dr. Code found that the child died as the result of violence at the hands of a person of persons unknown. It was a case of wilful murder.