Richardson Infant Killed by Rats in 1897

(06/28/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/8/1897.

Word reached us Wednesday of last week of the horrible death of an infant in this county.  Our informant gives the following details: A Mrs. Tanner, of near Richardson, went to bed taking with her her twin babies, aged about two weeks.  Being in rather delicate health and having lost considerable sleep she slept very soundly.  On awaking she found one of the babies dead, having been killed by rats during the night.  The rats had eaten the nose and one cheek off and one eye out, besides otherwise horribly mutilating the child.