2nd January 1834
Reference Numbert18340102-55
VerdictNot Guilty

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Before Mr. Justice Gaselee.

237. LOUISA WILMOT was charged, on the coroner's inquisition only, with feloniously killing and slaying a certain female infant child .

MR. WILLIAM BLOXAM . I am a surgeon, and live in Hanover-street, Hanover-square - on Thursday, 11th July, I was sent for to attend the prisoner about eleven o'clock in the morning - I attended at No. 30, Bruton-mews, Berkley-square - I there found the body of a child in a pail by the prisoner's bed-side - the child was dead, but warm - I did not examine the prisoner - her mother stated in her presence that she had been delivered - I gave information to the parish authorities before I opened the child; and I was directed by the coroner to examine the body of the child, which I did on the morning of the 13th of July - I opened the body, and found no marks of violence on it whatever, externally - I found the air-cells of the lungs completely distended with air, and the blood-vessels of the lungs gorged with blood - I found nothing else material - I believe the child was born alive - I attribute the death to proceed from suffocation, caused, I believe, from being immersed in the fluids contained in the pail - there were foeces in the pail, and blood, and apparently the natural discharges that might have come from the woman herself in the act of delivery; and the afterbirth was there, which I should imagine had been expelled with the child - there were foeces also in the pail - the whole might have come away together by the woman being delivered in the pail - it is not at all uncommon for a woman, who delivers herself, to faint and be unable to render herself any assistance at the moment - the death may have been occasioned from that circumstance - it would undoubtedly occasion suffocation if it all came away together in that way - it might have been occasioned by inadvertency or accident.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Is it at all unusual for a woman to be involuntarily delivered; I mean delivered when they have not even known the fact themselves? A.I cannot think that they could not know the fact.

Q.Suppose her to have these pains of labour with a first child; would not those pains to an uninformed person be like a disposition to discharge foeces? A.Undoubtedly so - I am informed there is no water-closet in the Mews.

COURT. Q. It is a common thing, I believe, for persons to go to a place for a certain purpose, and be delivered? A. It is not at all uncommon - I believe she is about eighteen years old - she was in a very weak state.


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