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Details emerge about skeletons of 800 infants and children found in septic tank

The bodies of 796 babies and children are believed to lie next to the former children's home at Tuam, Co. Galway
The bodies of 796 babies and children are believed to lie next to the former children's home at Tuam, Co. Galway
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A home for "fallen women" run by the Bon Secours sisters in Galway Ireland was the scene of a controversy this week as the skeletons of nearly 800 infants and children discovered in a septic tank were revealed to be the remains belong to children who died at the home between 1925 and 1961. During those years hundreds of young women and their illegitimate children were sent to The Home where the mothers worked as indentured servants.

Local historian and geneaologist Catherine Corless speaks of the "Home Babies," telling Irish Central, "They were always segregated to the side of regular classrooms. By doing this the nuns telegraphed the message that they were different and we should keep away from them. They didn't suggest we be nice to them. In fact if you acted up in class some nuns would threaten to seat you next to the Home Babies. That was the message we got in our young years."

The Daily Mail reports, "Newly unearthed reports show that they suffered malnutrition and neglect, which caused the deaths of many, while others died of measles, convulsions, TB, gastroenteritis and pneumonia."

The bones were actually discovered in 1975. Research by Corless indicates the bodies were victims of the mid-19th century famine in Ireland.