Monday, October 17, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: October 18

*October 18, 1906 – The prison-born babe of Mrs. Stella Brennan is leaving for Mich. today with her maternal grandmother.

County Attorney Al J. Smith had made it clear in August that she could not keep the baby, backing it up by citing the law that holds “a person sent to prison for life is thereafter civilly dead.”1

Born on July 26, Ruth Brennan has been weaned from her mother and is healthy, strong and good-natured. Mrs. Brennan is delighted that her mother is to have her child, and is looking forward to the time when she will be united with her daughter outside of prison.

Ruth Brennan2

The state is paying all expenses connected with the transfer of the baby girl, and a load will be lifted from the shoulders of the officials when she reaches her new home in Mich. Satisfaction is felt all around that the little one is placed in such capable hands as those of her grandmother, Mrs. Owens. Mrs. Brennan says her prison home will be much lonelier with her baby gone, but she recognizes that she cannot keep Ruth with her in prison and is reconciled in the hope that she will eventually be able to claim her again.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Brennan Babe Goes to Michigan. Mother of the Minneapolis Murderess Will Rear Prison-Born Child.”; Oct. 17, 1906; p. 1.

1Minneapolis Journal; “No Rights As Mother. Stella Brennan Is Civilly Dead, And Her Prison-Born Baby Must Be Removed.”; Aug. 1, 1906; p. 6.

2The San Francisco Call; August 12, 1906; Page 5.
Murder of three Brennan children while they slept; oldest son and stepmother shot; see Nov. 4, 2015 blog

Stella Brennan indicted by coroner’s jury for murder of stepdaughter; see Nov.9, 2015 blog

Stella Brennan indicted by Hennepin County grand jury for murder of her three stepchildren; see Nov. 21, 2015 blog

County Attorney outlines the state’s theory of the Stella Brennan murder case in his opening statement; see Dec. 19, 2015 blog
Stella Brennan spends Christmas in hospital room of the Hennepin County Jail; see Dec. 25, 2015 blog
Stella Brennan Found Guilty; sentenced to the State penitentiary for life; admits she is in a family way; see Dec. 30, 2015 blog

Daughter is born to Stella Brennan in Stillwater State Prison; see July 26, 2016 blog

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