21st October 1844
Reference Numbert18441021-2578a
VerdictGuilty > unknown; Guilty > unknown

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2578. AMELIA SMITH and ELEANOR STANTON were indicted for maliciously and feloniously, by fraud, taking away and detaining a certain male child, under the age of ten years; the son of Zachariah Francis Daniel and Elizabeth Purdy, with intent to deprive them of the possession of the said child.

MR. CROUCH conducted the Prosecution.

ELIZABETH PURDY . I am the wife of Zachariah Francis Daniel Purdy. I have a baby, which was eight weeks old last Friday. About one o'clock this day week Blake came to my house—she said, "Mrs. Purdy, will you let me take your baby out for a walk?"—I said, "You can't take it out"—in consequence of something she said, she took the child out of the cradle, and I gave her the hood and the shawl, to put over the baby—I did not see it again till two in the morning—I had been searching for the child all the day and all the night—it was very ill when it came back—it has been in fits ever since—I took it to the doctor—it is a male child—it was not christened—I was very ill during the day—I have seen the prisoner Smith passing by my door.

SARAH BLAKE . I live in Rose-court, Bermondsey New-road, I lodge with the prisoner Stanton. On the 17th of Oct. Stanton asked me to go and ask Mrs. Purdy to let me take the child out for a walk—Smith was there at the time—they said they would not be gone above a quarter of an hour, and told me to clean the room out—they said they would give me a shawl and some shoes after they returned—the prosecutor did not live above a minute's walk from our house—I got the child, and brought it home to Stanton, as she asked me for it—I gave it her—I remained in the house, and they went away immediately—I was taken to the station—I did not know Smith before, any more than by her coming to Mrs. Stanton's, a fortnight ago last Tuesday—I remained at the station till the child was brought home—I am sure it is the same baby.

EMMA WATSON . I live in Kirkham-place, Tottenham-court-road—on the 17th of October, Smith came and rang the bell—I went down, and took the child out of her arms, and took it into Smith's mother's room—Smith told me to take the child up stairs, and she went into the room—Smith had lived at the house before—her husband is a policeman, and lives at the station—she resided in Kirkham-place before her marriage, and for seven or eight weeks since—she came up stairs—I made her tea, and then I changed the child's bed-gown, because it was dirty—I did not hear her say whose child it was—we thought it was her own—she had been away ten days, and we did not know where she was—she said, some one had run for Smith—meaning her

husband—he came and went up stairs, and they were talking about a ring that she had pawned, and he went to get it—Smith said, the child was like her husband—she said she had been confined, and he wanted to know where she had been confined—she said she would tell him in the morning—the child was black round the mouth—Smith's husband asked her what it was, and she said the child had been delivered by instruments—the child was well—I made it some victuals.

Cross-examined by MR. HORRY. Q. The child was taken care of while it was there? A. Yes—I had been in the house five months—Smith appeared to be very large in the family way on the Sunday—she went away on the Monday—she looked like a woman about to be confined, and that was gone when she came back with the child—when her husband came up, he said, "This is no child of mine."

ZACHARIAH FRANCIS DANIEL PURDY . I am father of the child—I met Stanton about six o'clock that day, and asked her where my baby was—she said, "What baby?"—I said, "My baby, you know it; what have you done with it? "—she said, "I know nothing about it, don't pester me"—I said to a person, "Fetch a policeman"—one came up—I gave her in charge, and she was taken to the station—my wife and I were in a dreadful state; and had it not been for the company of other women, my wife would have destroyed herself—she was forced to be kept in a room.

THOMAS WATKINS (police-constable M 18.) I made inquiries after this child, and' from information I went to Charing Cross, to a public-house opposite site the Cross—I heard there that both the prisoners had been there, and achild—I child—I then went to our station, and found that another division had misseda a woman—I then went to Kirkham-place, Tottenham-court-road, and found-Smith in bed with the child—I took her to the station—she said, she did not intend to keep the child.

Cross-examined. Q. I believe you mentioned it to Smith, her husband; he told you, and went with you to the house? A. Yes—Smith said she intended to take the child back—I heard her husband say, that the child was to be returned the next morning.

WILLIAM NORRIS (police-constable M 98.) On the 17th of Oct. I was called to apprehend Stanton, near the Bricklayer's Arms, Kent-road, about six o'clock in the evening—the prosecutor was present—I took Stanton to the station, and asked her where she left Mrs. Purdy's child—she said, at Charingcross, with a young person; but she helped to carry it part of the way—she said, "I waited there two hours, and did not see any more of her, and she then left.".

SMITH— GUILTY . Aged 22.


Confined Eighteen Months.

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