The two little boys, sons of Anne Slevin, who is at present in jail awaiting her trial at the next Commission on a charge of having by neglect caused the death of her illegitimate child George were brought up by Acting-Inspector Dunne, who stated that he found them in Bride street. They were without visible means of subsistence. The mother was in prison, and the father (Mr. John Sterling Butler) had absconded.
Mr. Woodlock asked what religion the children were.
William Slevin, one of the boys, said he thought his mother was Catholic. He was christened in a chapel, and used to go to St. Patrick's schools. He had often gone to Mass with his mother.
Inspector Dunne said the boy's mother had informed him that the children had been baptized Roman Catholics, and the father was a Catholic. It was her own intention to become a Protestant, and she wished her children to be brought up in that faith.
Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland), April 27, 1878.