The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on September 8, 1944 · 15
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 15

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"-rryj ., pt. - rrr j f . V' . . - u, . , -fll P. 1 y .WW""-- V. A r. ;VvJ k ' :&- I - j ' ; . s ' A A MURDER COMPLAINT Dorothy Jeon Purcell, 19, whom Coroner's jury recommended be held to onswer on charge of throwing her newborn boby to his death from window of downtown hotel. She is in a hospital prison ward. Mother Held After Baby Found Thrown to Death After hearing testimony that one juror later described as "almost beyond belief," a coroner's Jury yesterday recommended that Dorothy Jean Purcell, 19, be held to answer to a homicide charge for allegedly throwing her newborn baby boy to his death from a high window of a downtown hotel. Misjs Purcell, formerly a war-worker, was arrested Wednesday and held in the prison ward of General Hospital on a District Attorney's murder complaint after the baby's body was found on the roof of a building adjacent to the hotel at 610 S. Main St. . Testifying at the inquest, Police Officer Stewart Jones said the young woman had for sev eral days occupied a hotel room with Ben Levine, 38, shoe salesman. She awakened, Jones quoted her as saying, early one morning to learn the baby was about to be born. i Not desiring to awaken her companion, the officer related, she went to the hotel rest room ort the same floor and there de livered the baby alone. Believing the child dead, she threw it out the window and returned to the room, never telling Levine of the incident, according to testimony. County Autopsy Surgeon Frank R. Webb, however, declared the baby was born alive, his lungs having filled with air. WOMAN SUSPECT JAILED IN CHILD-STEALING CASE : A 33-year-old woman was In Jail yesterday .on suspicion of child-stealing while police Investigated the parentage and custody of a 3-year-old boy found in her San Pedro home. The woman is Mrs. Oma .Chambers, 433 W. Seventh St., San Tedro, who told Juvenile Officers A. R. Liddell and C. G. Sangren of the San Pedro division that she brought the youngster here from Hazard (Ky.) three months ago with the consent of his parents. 1 The officers, visiting the home to investigate reported abuse of a child, were first told, they said, that the boy was Bobbie Chambers, son of the housewife. Later, however, she told them he was really Estral Feltner and that his parents, - Clee and Isabel Feltner, had given him to her in the Kentucky town, police reported. Mrs. Chambers also told police the Feltners had It children and had given all of them away but two, they said. She admitted she had no adoption or other documents proving custody of the child but observed, the police said, that "that's quite common down in Kentucky." At Juvenile Hall, where he was found to be in grxxl health, the boy quickly made friends with the staff. He even invited newspaper photographers to "come back again soon." Britain Eager to Fight Japan, Speaker Tells Trade Group , , There is ample proof that Britain is just as eager to wage a war against Japan as she has cieen against Germany, according to Victor Gordon-Lennox, recently put in charge of a local office of the British Information Services, corresponding to the Office of War Information. t "Britain had a billion dollars worth of investments in the Far East and a billion dollars annual trade there, all cut off by the Japanese," Gordon-Lennox told a Biltmore luncheon of the Foreign Trade Association yesterday. "President Roosevelt has indicated that lend-lease will continue to Britain against Japan. I hope we can avoid any argument about when lend-lease will he repaid. As a matter of fact It is already being repaid by Britain in reverse lend-lease, pome two billion dollars worth at last reckoning." . Gordon-Lennox has been "a newspaperman since he came WAR PACTS NEEDED HERE Continued from First Page the postwar manufacturing pic ture,' if Washington bureaucracy played fair. j Charles B. Hamner, A.F.L. ' representative, spoke on the need of aiding small business to provide work in the transition ; period and Assemblyman Jack ; Massion, the presiding chairman, I commented that it appeared that j his committee could work with I similar groups in 11 Western : States in getting proper treat-; . jnent for small industries. i , Lawrence A. Harv ey, chair- j man of the industrial committee of the California Commission on Interstate Co-operation and an : executive of theJiarvey Machine Co., proposed a plan which he; said would assure postwar free ; enterprise incentive for business. Under his plan, persons en-paging in business with government loans would be required to obtain a "certificate of neces-j ,ity." ! Following the business meet-; lng, the committee lunched at ' the California Club as a guest of Kirk Hill, rubber company executive, i, out of the British army aYter the last war. He has been political and diplomatic writer for the London Daily Telegraph and the London Daily Mail and for a time was in charge of the Ixn-don bureau of the Chicago Daily News. He covered arrival of the first American forces in Britain and preparations for D-Day. Mother Ordered to Aid Adoption of Her Children Mrs. Helen Crosley, 23-year old -Texa3 wife of a soldier, yesterday was given' her personal liberty after conviction of child neglect, but was ordered by a court to co-operate with county agencies in placing her four children for adoption In proper homes. Mrs. Crosley was arrested July 25 o"n suspicion of y child neglect after Sheriff's deputies Investigated conditions at ner home at 1704V4 E. Slauson Ave Her four children, Helen, 6, Del more, 5, Janey, 2. and Virgil, 11 months old, were taken to Juve nile Hall after their uncle, Robert Ford, 13, was picked up while hitchhiking near El Monte with the three eldest. Ford was released after investigation of his statement that their mother had given him permission to take the children to relatives in Texas. Justice of the Peace Otto Wil-lett, after reading the County Probation Department's recommendation that Mrs. Crosley be released and placed on probation for two years sentenced her to 30 days in the Countv Jail, suspended it, and then or dered that as a condition of probation she assist in placing the children for adoption. Mrs. Crosley was given permission to go to Texas, and was ordered to report monthly by mail. She had been in jail since her arrest in lieu of $500 baik Log Stigcleg Cimcg Friday, sept. 8, 1944-Portn 3 Child Neglect Trial Opens Charged with leaving her three minor children without care or food while she was vis iting a soldier boy friend in Barstow, Mrs. Rita Arcand, 40. j-esterday went on trial before a jury in Superior Judge New-comb Condee's court. The three children, Mary Ann, 5 months old; John, 3 years, and Richard, 10, were found by police June 20 in a room at 930 W. 11th SU " Officer Louis A. Bell testified the room was "dirtv and un kempt" and the children were lying on the floor in an unsani tary condition. Policewoman Edna Gallagher said she questioned Mrs. Arcand a few days later and wa3 told she had been to Barstow "visiting my boy friend." Mrs. Arcand subse quently was booked on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor child. The trial will be continued today. Firemen Battle Beach Oil Blaze Firemen from Signal Hill and Long Beach departments fought for three hours last night to control a fire at Hoyt well No. on Stanton lease in the Sig nal Hill oil field and prevent the flames from spreading to near by wells; Damage was estimated at $4500. Firemen said that a cigarette tossed by a passing motorist apparently ignited a gas leak in the well situated at Columbia St. and Atlantic Ave., . Long Beach. 9 .... Hi- ol"',,' TRINITY DOWNTOWN STORE HOURS IBrOO TO S: . mk k P - . i'"'!: ... ,." x" - ...... y a. i :JJfe&s ft v J-- V -htS. . ' 'il l If Bw' ' WkJ '"'J'h - I , ' - ' t J,. " I ' - ' . ' - Cx h 'I ' . - . - . . ,. , - on' dVoV,T cQ5 Con- y0' flocV If"1 rV . kv . HOW CO' l1 WEAR. to AH1 I9tl 10

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