Christian Russel, Killing > infanticide, 14th January 1702.

Reference Number: t17020114-7
Offence: Killing > infanticide
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death

Christian Russel , of the Parish of St. Pauls Covent Garden , was indicted for the Murther of her Male Infant Bastard, on the 19th of December last, by throwing the same into a House of Office . The first Evidence was her Mistress, who deposed, That the Prisoner was a Servant in the House, and in the Morning, it being the Fast-day, she came down and sat by the Kitchen-fire, and told her Mistress she was not well, upon which, she bid her go up Stairs, which she did; about 2 a Clock she came to see her again, and then she said that she was something better, upon which, she askt her to hire a Chare-woman for that Day, (which she did) and said, that she did hope to be better the next Day to do her work her self; a while after she did mistrust that she had had a Child, and askt her if she was married, and she answered No, then she said, What have you done with the Child; and she confest that it was in the House of Office. She farther deposed, That when she saw the Child the next Day, that the Arm of it was broke; and did believe that it was come to its full time. The next Evidence was the Chare-woman, who said, That she took the Child out of the Vault, and when she found it, there was two pieces of Brickbats lay upon the Breast of it. The Midwife also deposed, That it was very likely that the Child was alive Born, by reason it was a very large Child, and came to its full time; and said, she found no Marks about it, only that the Arm was broke. The Prisoner called a Witness to prove that she had provided Things for a Lying-in, which she sent to her Sisters, where they were found after she was delivered: She also said, That she had a great Fall about a Fortnight before, which hurt her very much, and that she never felt the Child to stir afterwards, but she could not prove that ever she had made any one acquainted with her Condition. The Jury found her guilty .

[Death. See summary.]


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