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Living Conditions of Mary Ellen Wilson 1864-1956 - America's First Recognized Child Abuse Case. She was never allowed out of this apartment in Hell's Kitchen. As an eight-year-old, Mary Ellen Wilson was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly. Her case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Originally stating: "Squaw with child at train station." Squaw is from 'Squa' usually associated with the Huron-Oriquis history and is used by Great Lake Indians to refer to women from other Indian cultures or groups, who they pulled from the tribes after killing their husbands for use as slaves. European explorers changed the use of this term to refer to young women, for sailors to take advantage of.