John Thomas Richardson, 41, salesman, was indicted for the murder of his son, æt. 2 years. Prisoner murdered the child by punishing him with excessive violence for some childish indiscretion. He struggled violently with the police on being arrested, and when charged he said: “Me kill the child! I love my baby. Wilful murder! you must be mad. I thought the baby had a nerve, so I bit it through the mouth and on the top of the head, and I thought it would do it good.” The prisoner had been very strange in his manner some time previously. He was extremely fond of the child. Dr. Scott gave his opinion that the prisoner was insane at the time he committed the act, and did not know its nature and quality. Guilty, but insane.— Central Criminal Court, October 23rd, Mr. Justice Bigham. —Times, October 24th.
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