Elizabeth Deal, Killing > infanticide, 22nd April 1691.

Reference Number: t16910422-22
Offence: Killing > infanticide
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Elizabeth Deal , was tryed for the Murther of her Female Infant Bastard Child , on the 7th of March last, on this wise, She went to a Midwife at Stepney , and desired to Lye In in private, which the Midwife promised she should, if she would make provision for the Child, which she promised, but did not, but privately made away the Child, throwing it into a Puddle of Water on the backside of the House, in the High-way. She confessing (when taken) that the Child Gasped when it was thrown down; adding that it cryed, and then she pinched it by the Throat and dispatcht it out of the World; this she confest to several Women about her, but upon her Tryal she denyed all, and pleaded that she was Distracted, but never laid any violent Hands upon her Child, neither did she put it into the Water, not pinch it, only what she did was to cover her Shame, begging hard that the Court would pitty her sad Condition She was found Guilty of wilful Murther.

[Death. See summary.]


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