‘A very nice baby with beautiful fair skin ... It was like they were selling a doll’

Sheila Shelton was adopted by a couple in the US from a Tipperary mother and baby home

The letter, which has a baby photograph attached, recounts her physical appearance and details of her health. “A very nice baby with beautiful fair skin, blue eyes and sandy hair . . . not breast fed at any time . . . is 100 per cent free from TB.”

“It was like they were selling a doll,” says Sheila Shelton, now 63, who is talking about the letter an unnamed nun at the Seán Ross mother and baby home wrote to her then prospective parents in St Louis, Missouri in 1958.

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