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Joe Kostelny

Death Dec 1913 (aged less–than 1 year)
Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 29990345 · View Source
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Chicago Tribune (IL) - December 22, 1913

Mother, 15 Years Old, and Father, 18, Confess Abandonment of Babies.


Infants, Left in Alley, Perished from Cold, but Jurors Are Sympathetic.
Fifteen year old Emily Losko, or Kostelny, as her name proves to be, admitted yesterday the twin boys who were abandoned in a hallway across the street from St. Vincent's Infant asylum last week and died from exposure were her children. Her statement followed the confession of her 18 year old husband, John Kostelny.

The children have known each other about a year. The girl's father, with whom she still lives at 842 Milwaukee avenue, was not particularly impressed with the suitor. He was less pleased which he discovered he was a grandfather -- twice -- and ordered the boy to take the infants to the orphanage.

Boy-Father Loses Courage.

It was on the threshold of the orphanage that the boy lost his courage. Hugging the puny babies he dashed back down the steps and across the street into the hallway of a flat building. An hour later a watchman almost stepped on the pillow on which little Joe and Stanley were sleeping. He carried them to the asylum, but the exposure to the cold had been too severe. They died the next day.

The boy husband gulped and then burst into tears as he finished his confession. The girl promptly broke down, only nodding and shaking her head in confirmation of the boy's story.

They ran away to St. Joseph, Mich., less than a year ago, they said, and were married, without daring to tell the parents.

Jury Frees Young Husband.

Young Kostelny braced up and told Deputy Coroner Herrman he would turn over to his wife his entire week's wages of $12. Herrman looked at the jurors inquiringly. They filed out and a couple of minutes later reported.

"We find the deaths were due to exposure," they said. "On the boy's promise to care for his wife and the belief they are both hard working we recommend that neither be sent to jail."

They were freed by the police.





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