Mary Tate.
30th June 1714
Reference Numbert17140630-38
VerdictNot Guilty > non compos mentis

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Mary Tate of the Parish of St. Martin in the Fields , was indicted for the Murder of her Male Bastard Child , on the 12th of May last. It appear'd by the Evidence, That she was found lying the Fields in a languishing Condition, and being taken care of by the Parish-Officers, she told them she had been deliver'd of Child, and had rapt it in Straw, and left it by a Pond-side, being robb'd of the Cloaths she had provided for it, as she came from Cirencester in Gloucstershire, whereupon a midwife being sent for, to examine the Matter, found she had been deliver'd. the Prisoner being afterwards remov'd to the Round house, pretended to go and shew the Place where she had left her child; and when she came to a Brick kiln near Tyburn Road, told the Woman who went along with her, that after she had put her Child in Straw, she thrust it into the hole of the Kiln while it was burning. She deny'd all at her Tryal, and talk'd very ramblingly; and several Winesses appearing, who gave an Account that she had been look'd upon as a Person not well in her Senses for some Years, she was acquitted .

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