Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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393. (M.) Hannah Wilson , widow , was indicted for that she on the king's highway, on Elizabeth Tottey , spinster , did make an assault, putting her in corporal fear and danger of her life, one camblet skirt of a coat, val. 12 d. and 3 qrs. of a yard of ribbon, val. 6 d. the goods of the said Elizabeth, did steal , &c. August 21 . ++.
Elizabeth Southen . I live in Whitechapel road, my husband is a shoemaker. I saw the prisoner go by without a child, and after that I saw her with a child crying very much; she was telling the child she had brought her up to good manners, and she said she should use such; then she call'd to some soldiers to take her. This was at the great garden gate; the child cry'd in the road. Then I went home after that. I saw her again and observ'd her; this was about half an hour after nine in the morning; the child was sitting her crying, I said, child, do you know that woman? the child said no: I said where do you live? she said at a baker's shop: I asked the child if she'd go with me, a woman coming by said it was Mrs. Tottey's child. I took it by the hand, then the child cry'd for its skirt, saying, O! my skirt, my skirt; then I took it from under the prisoner's arm.
Q. What is the child's name?
Mary Tottey . This is my child, it was in coats, about 4 years old : I live in Whitechapel, next door to the Children-in-the-wood, between the church and the turnpike. On the 21st of August, the neighbours came and told me my child was stripp'd between 9 and 10 o'clock in the morning. I went and took my child from Mrs. Southen.
Q. How was your child dressed that morning.
M. Tottey. She had that skirt on, and a ribbon of about 3 qrs. of a yard on her head. I dressed her myself that morning; but when she was brought back she had neither the skirt nor the ribbon on. I had sent this and another to school together that morning.
As I was coming by the almshouses, I pick'd up that skirt in the street; coming along I met that woman, she said whose skirt it that, I said I did not know; she said here is a child has no skirt on, and I'll hang you for the reward. I never saw the child.
Guilty , Death .