More Appalling Revelations in the Irish Mother-and-Baby-Home ScandalKelly Faircloth6/10/14 4:30pmFiled to: irelandcounty galwaycatherine corlissmother-and-baby homes1417EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThe shocking story of an Irish home for unwed mothers has inspired worldwide outrage, and now Ireland has announced a full inquiry into all the big mother-and-baby homes of the early twentieth century. It hasn't even started, and we're already getting appalling new accusations. The story of the former St. Mary's home for unwed mothers went viral thanks to a single, horrifying image: 800 little bodies dumped in a septic tank. It turns out that wasn't quite the case. "I never said to anyone that 800 bodies were dumped in a septic tank," Historian Catherine Corliss, whose work inspired the uproar, told the Irish Times. 796 is the total number of children who died at the home between 1925 and 1961, a period when Ireland's infant mortality was much higher. After acquiring copies of their death certificates, Corliss discovered the children had not been buried in local cemeteries; she concluded many had been buried in an "unofficial graveyard" in the back of the home.