Thursday, September 22, 2011

Amy Douglas: Child Care Provider & Serial Killer - 1899


FULL TEXT (Article 1 of 2): London, Sep. 19 – Mrs. Amy Douglas was sentenced to five years at the Old Bailey on a charge of baby farming at Chingford. The medical evidence showed that three infants left in prisoner’s care died from starvation. The bodies bore traces of fearful neglect.

[“Starving Infants to Death,” syndicated (Press Association), The Grey River Argus (Greymouth, N.Z.), Sep. 20, 1899, p. 4]

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FULL TEXT (Article 2 of 2): At the Old Bailey yesterday, Amy Louisa M’Neil Douglas, aged 23, who kept a baby farm at Chingford, was sentenced by Justice Phillimore to five years’ penal servitude for the manslaughter against the prisoner in respect of deaths of infants entrusted to her care were not proceeded with. The body of a fourth child, who had died, was put in a bag by Douglas and left in the street.

[“Sentence On A Baby Farmer.” The Glasgow Herald (Scotland), Sep. 19, 1899, p. 7]

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For more cases of “Baby Farmers,” professional child care providers who murdered children see The Forgotten Serial Killers.

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