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Source: Lafayette Daily Courier Jan 28, 1887

Superintendent Severason of the Poor Farm was interviewed today regarding Cynthea Chalmea, the woman who abandoned her babe at the Wabash Depot on Tuesday. He stated that after the child was about two weeks old a young man came to the poor farm to see the woman, and represented himself as her cousin. He was well dressed, of very respectable appearance and gave her quite a sum of money. Before leaving he made an appointment to meet her on the 25th of January at Covington. When that time came Mr. Severson says the woman was not in condition to travel but she insisted, appeared nervous and excited and it was noticed that in taking out her clothes she was particular to keep her own and those of the child separate. It is the opinion of those who have investigated the case that there is more back of the whole matter than has been developed.

Source: Lafayette Daily Courier 4 Feb 1887
The latest report from the woman who deserted her babe at Lafayette last week is that she came to this city and took the tow-path train for Portland, where she was met by a man. It is also said that the two were married on Tuesday of last week and are now keeping house in Shawnee Township – Attica Ledger

Note: Cyntha (Syntha) Hayden married David Chumlea 16 Dec 1881  Fountain County Indiana by Allen Grady, JP
Note: John Covault married Cynthia Haden 26 Jan 1887 – by James P. Ayles, JP

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