Mass Grave Filled With Hundreds Of Children Found On Grounds Of Orphanage

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French orphans at Smyllum during

It appears that the remains of at least 400 forgotten children have been found in a secret mass grave on the grounds of a Scottish orphanage that ran from 1864-1981. The orphanage, Smyllum Park, was operated by the Catholic Church, and was staffed by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Boys School Classroom at Smyllum

Smyllum Park had more than 11,000 children in its care over its 120 plus years of operation. Official records state that only 120 children died while under the care of the orphanage, most of which were buried in unmarked plots at St. Mary's Cemetery. But it is the unoffical deaths have that people up in arms. An investigation undertaken by survivors of the institution uncovered a mass grave filled with the remains of roughly 402 babies, toddlers, and older children.

Though records of the deaths seems to imply that the majority of the children died from natural causes such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, there are still many wild accusations of neglect, indifference, and abuse. Two survivors of Smyllum Park stated that the abuse would include beatings and public humiliation.

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