Name of Officer: Sheriff Patrick Buckley
Date: April 21 1942
Location: 103 Clover St (O’Brien House)
I entered the home to find Miss O’Brien on the ground in her main room. She was shaking, crying, and had several patches of hair pulled from her head. The lights were off and there was no other noise. She kept repeating “I didn’t mean to” and “I’m sorry” but she didn’t appear to be talking to me. I sent Officer Kelley to search the home for the infant while I tried to calm Missy.
Missy seemed to be inconsolable and Kelley came down the stairs a few minutes after he’d left. He told me to cuff the woman, that she had murdered her child. After cuffing Missy to one of the posts in her home, I followed Kelley to the scene of the crime. We found the infant floating in the wash basin. Her skin was grey with several burn marks all over it.
Kelley transported the body to the morgue. This was a clearcut murder case from what I could tell, but Missy didn’t seem in her right mind so she was escorted to the Asylum instead of prison.
Name of Officer: Gilroy Kenny
Date: April 24 1942
Location: 107 Clover St (Cooney House)
Neighbors reported a high-pitched noise coming from the Cooney house. They said it sounded unnatural and wanted me to check it out. I arrived and knocked on the door at about 9:30pm. No one answered the door but I heard noises so I knew someone was awake. I smelt something burning but it didn’t smell like a normal fire so I decided to enter the house.
When I entered, Miss Cooney rushed over to me, trying to push me out. I could see around her that the child was burning in the fireplace. I pushed her aside and rushed to get the child out and pat down the flames while Cooney continued to try to remove me from her son. She continued to shout “He’s not mine”. I was able to subdue Shirley.
The child appeared to still be alive so he was transferred to the hospital for treatment. Shirley was escorted to the Asylum for mental examination.