FULL TEXT: Philadelphia, Dec. 31. – Dr. Formad, coroner’s physician, is investigating a singular series of deaths in the family of Mrs. Mary Hart, No. 2015 Porcelain street. Dr. English found, on his return to the city from a four days’ absence, that Mrs. Hart’s new born infant, which was in full health when he last saw it, died on Monday night very suddenly and mysteriously. He also learned that it was the thirteenth child which Mrs. Hart had lost in the same way at the same tender age. Under the circumstances he declined to give a certificate and the coroner will hold an inquest on the body of the infant to-day.
[“Heartless Mrs. Hart. - She is Suspected of Murdering a Bakers’ Dozen of Her Babies.” The Decatur Daily Republican (Il.), Dec. 31, 1886, p. 2]
For more cases of this type, see Serial Baby-Killer Moms.
For more cases of this category, see: Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America (as of January 20, 2014, the collection contains 61 cases)***