My great grandfather and his first wife had 2 sons and a daughter before his wife died of tuberculosis in May 1867. They were clearly a poor family financially. It appears that the disease had blinded her before she died so her final months must have been terrible both for her and for her children aged 13, 5 and 3 at the time. Less than a month after her death her husband tied the 5 year old to a chair and attacked him so savagely that the neighbours had to intervene to save him. He was tried and sent to prison for 4 months. So the 3 children were left within a few short weeks with no mother and a father in prison. They would have been living in a rented hovel and reliant on their father for food and rent. They had recently returned to live in Leicester where the father was born but his father had died several years before and his mother died in the same year these events took place. So his paternal family was not able to help. His wife's family were not from the area and I have not found any sign of them in my research. I don't know what happened to the children in the time he was in prison but not so much later the boys acquired their own criminal records, probably trying to survive. But I wondered whether anyone has knowledge of or an insight into what might have happened to such children in Victorian England?