Shirley, Carl and Stanley Williams


Cincinnati Enquirer, 17 September 1920, page 4


By Chemist To Find Cause of Deaths of Newport Children


Coroner Walter Hughes, of Campbell County, Kentucky and Newport police awaited a report from W Simonson, chemist, yesterday in the hope that the mystery surrounding the deaths of Shirley and Carl Williams Jr. children of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Williams, 347 East Second street, Newport, Wednesday, would be solved.  Coroner Hughes received a preliminary report from Simonson to the effect that neither the contents of the stomach of Shirley Williams nor the milk samples submitted to him showed any evidence of arsenic poisoning.  He said he would continue tests. Dr. George Sauter said Wednesday that the two children showed symptoms of strychnine poisoning.

In the meantime Coroner Hughes is running down other clues.  He disposed of a theory that the two older children might have taken an overdose of medicine intended for the younger, Stanley Williams, whose death was due to a natural cause.  He learned that the medicine was mild in character and was prescribed to allay the symptoms noticeable in the cases of the two older children from the time they were stricken until they died.  The two children died about an hour after the death of Stanley.

There will be a triple funeral for the three children this afternoon.  Services will be conducted at the home on East Second street. Rev A R Love, pastor of Newport Baptist Church, will conduct the services.  Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery.


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