Archived News - Tea
Warning to parents - On Monday the 13th an inquest was held at the "White Horse" before M Whyley Esq, Coroner to investigate the cause of the death of Sarah Turpin, 15 months old illegimate child of Elizabeth Turpin. The evidence went to show that on the 9th, while the mother was having tea with a woman related to her the latter had the teapot in her lap while she reached towards the lid to cover it, and the infant, who was sitting on the floor managed to get up to the spout of the vessel and drank some of the tea, which caused death. Mr C C Hicks surgeon of Dunstable, gave evidence, and the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the death was accidental.
Source: Bedfordshire Mercury