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Virginia Clark battles parents-in-law in baby neglect case

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Virginia Clark battles parents-in-law in baby neglect case

Titanic widow, Married Again, is at Law With Fist Husband’s Parents for Possession and Control of Her Baby

LOS ANGELES, Cal., Nov. 18.- The legal struggle for the possession and control of J. Ross Clark II, will be resumed here November 20 when the question of the permanent custody of the baby will be taken up.  

Pending that trial, an order of the court has placed the boy, who is two and a half years old, in the custody of the mother on her agreement to let the baby be taken each day to the home of its grandparents.

The mother of the baby was a passenger with her husband, Walter Miller Clark, on the Titanic. He was lost and she was saved.  She had gone to Europe some time before, leaving her baby with her mother and in the custody of a nurse.  

After the Titanic was lost Mrs. Miller returned to this city and remained until early October, when she left on a visit to New York. In that city she married Jack Tanner, and they went on a honeymoon to Europe.

When her first husband’s parents, the grandparents of the child, learned of this second marriage they gained possession of the baby and kept him until the mother returned from Europe and instituted court proceedings to get her baby. She denied neglecting the boy and said that he had received the best of care.  The child’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ross Clark, are wealthy and are eager to care for the boy.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2019) Virginia Clark battles parents-in-law in baby neglect case (The Daily Courier, Monday 18th November 1912, ref: #72, published 29 July 2019, generated 16th October 2021 08:41:59 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/virginia-clark-battles-parents-in-law-in-baby-neglect-case.html