Canal Boat: Assault! 1859

Charles Debois was charged, in 1859, with attacking Mary Ann Baker while she was sleeping in her winter home, a canal boat docked in Atlantic Basin.   The greater charge of rape was dropped.

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New York NY Evening Express

Assault on a Woman. – Charles Dubois was brought before Justice Voorhies on Friday, on the charge of assaulting Mary Ann Baker.  The Complainant lives on a canal boat in Atlantic Dock, during the winter, with her husband.  During his absence, as charged, the accused entered the cabin and finding her asleep in the bunk, punched her in the ribs.  He had been arrested for attempted rape, which was dismissed by Justice Cogswell, and then issued by a warrant for assault and battery.  The Justice fined Dubois $10 on the latter charge.




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