Mary Baker, Killing > infanticide, 12th October 1693.

Reference Number: t16931012-32
Offence: Killing > infanticide
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Death
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Mary Baker , Servant to Edward Groome in Drury-Lane , was tried for the wilful murther of her Male-infant Bastard-child, which she did on the 2d Instant ; upon Evidence it appeared, That in the Garret, where she lay, there were some symptoms of a Child being born, and that she used to tell her Mistress that she had the Dropsy, but last Monday was Sevennight, she was found in the Kitchen with the Child lying upon the ground dead by her, wrapt up in an old shift; there was no sign of any hurt done to the Child: The Prisoner said for her self, that the Child was dead born, and that she made provision of Clouts, &c. but she could prove nothing; then the Statute of the 21st of King James the First was read to her, viz. Except such Mother can prove that the Child was born dead by one Witness as least, then she shall be accounted guilty, which she could not prove; so she was found guilty of the Murther.

[Death. See summary.]

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