Rex vs. Lewis

The above is the title of a case recently tried at Toronto, Canada, in the High Court of Justice at the Sittings of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery for the County of York.

It seems the defendant, James H. Lewis, was indicted for manslaughter in this court, hence this trial. In order to give a fair idea of the case and the question involved we quote Section 210 of the Criminal Code, under which Mr. Lewis was indicated:—

"Every one who as parent, guardian or head of a family is under a legal duty to provide necessaries for any child under the age of sixteen years is criminally responsible for omitting, without lawful excuse, to do so while such child remains a member of his or her household, whether such child is helpless or not, if the death of such child is caused, or if his life is endangered or his health is or is likely to be permanently injured, by such omission."

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"On Time."
December 19, 1901

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