Angiolina Amelia GROSSI
- Born: 1880, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Unmarried (1): Sam Wah LEE in 1895
- Marriage (2): Eugene Jean Marie MERLIN in 1904 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
SUPREME COURT NELSON
(Friday Sept 27 1901 )
At 10. 15 a.m. the jury returned a true bill in the case cf Elizabeth and Rosina Grossi, charged with concealment of birth.
The second charge was one of concealment of birth, and this was a serious offence. The case was a simple one as there was no doubt there waa a birth. A woman was delivered of a child and tbe child was buried, and the only object in so doing was to conceal the birth. Tbe question whether the child died before, duiing, or after birth had nothing to do with the charge. All the jury was concerned with was the fact of concealment. They would retire and consider the charge. A true bill in the case of the King v Laurie George was returned.
CONCEALMENT OF BIRTH.
The Court resumed at 2.15 p.m.
King v. Elizabeth Grossi and Rosina Grossi, charged with concealment of birth. Mr Jocye represented the accused.
The following jury was impannelled : - Jas M'Mahon, T. Oahill, Hy, Jacob 3, Uhas Gocdyer, D. Dwan, F. Growfski, Hy. Lahman, B.Ward, 13. Gibson, T. Furlong, P. M'Gurk, J. Keller.
Joseph Kelly and Geo. M'Millan were challenged by the Crown and Jno Marks and A. Stapleton by Council for accused.
Mr Jacobs was chosen foreman.
Mr Park opened his case by stating that the charge was one of attempting to conceal the bitth of a child of Angelina Grossi, daughter of one accused and sister of tbe other. Tbe birth was supposed to have taken place on the 15th or 16th of July and afterwards it would be shown the body waa buried in the back yard about two feet underground. The police- on trac.ng the concealment taxed the grandmother of the child and she at flrst denied all knowledge of the event and subsequently confessed to knowledge of the birth. A letter had been written to Dr Millington, of Blackball by the grandmother, asking wbat was to be done for the mother and stating the child had been born. Had this not been done the concealment might never have come to light. He called Angelina Grossi, who deposed ehe lived at Greymouth and was confined of a child on tbe 15 th July at 3 in the morning. Her sister and mother were present. Did not know what became of the child.
Ewen Macdonell, Inspector of Police, deposed he saw Mrs Grossi and her younger daughter, Bella, he having sent for the mother.
In answer to a question by tbe Inspector as to what she had done with the child she asked, " what child," witness said, " You know the child I mean. " She said no I don't." Witness said 'Well I know and you may as well tell me about it." She said "Oh Jt was only a five month's child and it was born dead. " Mrs Grossi attributed tbe death of the child to its mother having had several falls. Witness asked why she had so many falls and was told that she fell over sticks and things in the back yard about a dozen times. Witness refused to say when the child died, and said it was thrown away.
Witness rang up Dr Morice on the telephone in her hearing.
She then said the child was buried in the back yard. Questioned as to the doctor that attended the mother she said no one had attended her. She did it herself. She also said she put the body away herself, and the child was dead when born. She said she sent for a doctor but he did not come. As to who was the doctor she sent for she refused to tell at first, but subsequently she said it was Dr Millington .
Witness afterwards went with two constables to the house of the accused and saw Rosina Grossi. He told her he came to see about the child and she said she knew nothing about it. He said he had seen her mother and warned her to be careful, and she said, " Did mother tell you." Witness replied, " Yes, but I wish to get the truth from you." She said "it's in the back yard" and took witness out to a place covered with firewood near a shed. Witness asked who put it there and she replied, " I did." Afterwards the constables dug the body up. It was found about two feet from the surface, and it was taken to the morgue. Witness asked who attended the birth of the child, she said she said, her mother was asleep at the time.
It did not live long after birth. Witness next saw the grandmother again and on being told what the daughter (Rosina) said. she said she attended her daughter, and Rosina assisted her. She said that the child was born 'on the morning of the 14th of .July.
By Mr Joyce. He had sent for Mr=s Grossi and questioed her, but did not warn her, He had written to Mrs Grossi after he had received a letter from Dr Millingcon. The letter was an invitation to Mrs G to meet M at William's chemist shop. He sent that letter before he had seen Mrs Grossi. Did not warn Rosina Grossi before examining her.
Angiolina had a relationship with Sam Wah LEE in 1895.
Angiolina next married Eugene Jean Marie MERLIN in 1904 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand.