A Woman to Blame. The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the start and loss of life of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. accordingly she confessed to the homicide, by means of stabbing, of one other child. the entire medical proof confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the fees have been dropped, endured to insist that she had given start to twins conceived of 2 various males.

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Sister Aquinas saw her before she left the house that Saturday morning. The nun had come to see how Mary Hayes was recovering from the flu that had confined her to bed for several weeks. ‘I did not notice anything particularly amiss. I was very anxious and very tense myself. I found my sister Mary very sick. I found Joanne getting ready to go to hospital, possibly to stay.

Cornelius O’Sullivan, whose body was brought back from New York in 1982, died in his prime, you might say, worn out by the rigours of life in a big city. He was only seventy-seven. J. ’ The words are gently reproachful. The ‘me’ demands a response. Who am I? Where did I come from? I belong to Kerry. I was the Kerry baby. 30 pm on Saturday 14 April 1984. After birth, his umbilical cord was cut flush with his belly, he was washed, his neck was broken and he was stabbed twenty-eight times in the neck and chest.

Joanne Hayes faced into 1984 severely burdened in mind and body. Her heart was broken, she was expecting a baby and, in February of the new year, she learned that her job was about to end. In the early hours of Friday morning, 13 April, she gave birth in secret and hid the body of her child on the farm. All that the neighbours and Liam Moloney knew was that she had been pregnant, had been taken into hospital, and was pregnant no more. Some assumed that the baby had been adopted; some assumed that there had been no baby, but a miscarriage.

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