In mid-February, 1929, Mrs. Ruth Weir, of East Orange, New Jersey, died at Orange Memorial Hospital of sepsis contracted through a criminal abortion.

Dr. James R. Chamberlain testified that he had examined Ruth at her home and had admitted her to the hospital due to a septic condition. Dr. James Wilson testified that he had treated Ruth in the hospital during late January and that she was suffering from septicemia.

Dr. Maurice Sturm was arrested when Ruth implicated him in a deathbed statement. Mrs. Frieda Sanger testified that Sturm had sent Ruth to her home to recuperate. Sturm admitted to performing the abortion, but insisted that it had not been illegal because it was necessary to save Ruth's life.

Maurice Arthur Sturm had been born in New York on March 25, 1881. As of the 1925 New York census, he was living in New York with a woman named Fannie Shaw, listed as his maid.

From the 1910 US Census:

Name:
MauriceSturm
Age in 1910:
29
Birth Year:
abt 1881
Birthplace:
New York
Home in 1910:
Manhattan Ward 12, New York, New York
Street:
5th Avenue
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Relation to Head of House:
Son
Marital Status:
Single
Father's name:
Simon Sturm
Father's Birthplace:
Austria
Mother's name:
Sarah Sturm
Mother's Birthplace:
Austria
Native Tongue:
English
Occupation:
Physician
Industry:
General Practice
Employer, Employee or Other:
Own Account
Attended School:
No
Able to Read:
Yes
Able to Write:
Yes
Neighbors:
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Household Members:

Name
Age
Simon Sturm
51
Sarah Sturm
48
Maurice Sturm
29
Frances L Sturm
24
Leo Sturm
22
Helen Bogard
20