Middle-class Samuel Kent was married to Mary, his second wife and former mistress, and they had a child called Francis.
Samuel's daughter, Constance Kent, confessed to a priest that, at the age of 16, she murdered three-year-old Francis.
Constance had a very close relationship with her brother, William Saville-Kent, whom some suspected was involved in the murder of Francis.
"Constance emigrated to Australia early in 1886 and joined her brother William in Tasmania, where he worked as a government adviser on fisheries.
In The Guardian (Review.), Ian Rankin has written about Kate Summerscale's book on the murder of little Francis:
"The murder of a small boy at Road Hill House shocked Britain and was a cause célèbre... Dickens was intrigued by it, Wilkie Collins and others borrowed from it...