|Birth: ||Mar., 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1920|
Printed in Daily Herald on 3/17/1920:
"STRANGER MAKES GRUESOME FIND"
"New Born Baby Which Had Been Drowned Was Found This Morning at Foot of Porter Ave."
"A stranger walking along West Beach this morning made a gruesome find in the body of a fine baby boy which had been drowned in the waters of the Mississippi sound several days ago by some despisable creature, who if found out, should be made to pay the hardest penalty for such an act. The child which was evidently born alive, was a fine boy and was evidently drowned for the sole purpose of covering their dishonor. The little body had appearance of being in the water for at least three days and had drifted upon the sand bar near the John Clark wharf when discovered by the passer by. W. T. Arny, who resides at the corner of West Beach and Porter ave. was notified of the find by the stranger and he in turn notified Mayor Kennedy and Chief of Police Bills. Shortly following the notification Mayor Kennedy, Commissioners Hunt and Michael, Chief of Police Bills, City Attorney Guice and a representative of the Daily Herald went to the scene only to find just what had been told them. In the meantime others had gathered to view the body of the infant which was carefully guarded by those arriving and covered from view and for protection from sun and insects. Shortly thereafter Judge Z. T. Champlin, acting coroner, accompanied by Undertaker Bradford, Officer Venus and others arrived and an inquest was held over the body of the child, rendering a verdict to the effect that it had come to its death at the hands of unknown parties. According to Chief of Police Bills this was the second drowning of a similar nature to occur within the year, the other child having been found in the waters near Point Cadet. It is believed that the body of this baby was put into the water in an easterly direction from where it was found as there had been blowing for several days a south-east wind which would cause the body to wash to the westward. Investigation was made of the former occurrence which resulted in pretty sure information having been received by the police officers. Chief of Police Bills in a statement this morning said that he intended to work upon this case until the guilty party had been brought to light and in search of this information he would make a general round of various sources for the purpose of securing information necessary to warrant conviction and punishment to be meted out to those proven guilty of such an atrocious crime. Following the holding of the inquest the body of the beautiful little boy was taken in charge by Mr. Bradford and buried. The City of Biloxi, according to a statement by Mayor Kennedy, this afternoon, will offer $250 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party or parties guilty of such a crime."
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