Offence: Killing > infanticide
Punishment: Death > death and dissection
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M. Evans. Better than two months before.
Q. How came you to tax her with it?
M. Evans. I thought she grew bigger.
Q. Did she live near you?
M. Evans. She was my servant .
Q. Where do you live?
Q. How do you know that?
M. Evans. I found the child in the copper-hole on Tuesday morning, the 22d of September. I perceived her grown thinner, and suspected she had been delivered, and I looked all over the house.
Q. Did she say any thing about it after you found the child?
M. Evans. She was talked to, but not by me, I was not by at the time.
Q. Was there any thing to cover the child when it was found?
M. Evans. There was a black petticoat of the prisoner's about it, and there was a red garter tied about it.
Q. Whose garter was it?
M. Evans. That I can't tell.
Q. Whereabouts was it ty'd round it?
M. Evans. It was ty'd round on the top of the petticoat, round the neck of the child.
Q. Was it ty'd tight?
M. Evans. Not very tight.
Q. Was it ty'd with a hard knot?
M. Evans. I cannot be positive whether it was a hard knot or no.
Q. Was the child male or female?
M. Evans. It was a girl.
Q. What did the prisoner say about it?
M. Evans. I never heard her say any thing, one way or the other.
Q. Is the petticoat here?
M. Evans. It is not.
Q. Did you see the child?
S. Woan. I did.
Q. Had it come to its full-time?
S. Woan. It had.
Q. Was you by when it was found?
S. Woan. No, I was not.
Q. Where did you see it first?
S. Woan. When the jury sent for me.
Q. Was any thing ty'd about it when you saw it?
S. Woan. No, there was not. Mrs. Evans sent for me, I went; she told me Betty was in the yard in labour. I went to her, and said, How do you do? She said, Very well. I said, You seem to be in labour. She said she was no more in labour than I was. I said, Come, go in, you are not the first that has done a fault. She would not go in; her master sent for her in; she went up stairs; after some time I found there were consequences which plainly proved there had been a child born; she was quite clear, and the other part she had made away. There was a great deal of milk in her breasts; I believed she had been delivered of a child within twelve hours.
Q. Do you think the child was born dead or alive?
S. Woan. I cannot tell that, because the child had lain in the copper-hole from the Monday morning till the Thursday afternoon.
Q. Were there any marks of violence upon it?
S. Woan. No, there were not.
Q. Is it your opinion that the child was born dead or alive?
Q. Are you a married woman?
R. Grayham. I am, and a midwife.
Q. When did you see it?
R. Grayham. On the Thursday after it was taken out of the copper-hole.
Q. Did it seem to be a child that had come to its full time?
R. Grayham. It did.
Q. Did you see the prisoner at the bar?
R. Grayham. I did; I was sent for on the Monday, the same day she was delivered. I taxed her with being delivered of a child, within 24 hours. She denied it, and said, she had had no child. I never saw her after that, till before the coroner; I took my oath, she had had a child.
Q. Had she milk in her breasts?
R. Grayham. She had.
Ann Jeffs . I belong to St. Martin's-workhouse; on the 21st of last month, the prisoner was brought up into our lying-in room, I asked her several questions. First I said, young woman, I wont to know whether you are in labour. - No, said she; I said you have had a child, she
I never said no such thing to her; she asked me whether the child was born dead or alive. I said, it was born dead.
Guilty Death .
This being Friday, she immediately received sentence to be executed on the Monday following, and her body to be dissected and anatomized.