Monday, September 19, 2011

Mrs. A. H. Miller, Kansas Child Care Provider & Serial Killer - 1903


FULL TEXT: Wichita, Kan. – Mrs. A. H. Miller, who was arrested this afternoon charged with the murder of a 3-months-old child, named Charlie will be given a preliminary hearing next Tuesday. She declared in court this afternoon that her trial would stir up some of the good people of Wichita when she told all she knew. She said the little baby which was found buried in her back yard had died from natural causes.

County Attorney Eckstein, Coroner McCollister and police officers made a thorough search of the premises this afternoon and just before dark were rewarded by uncovering the body of a second infant, which is said to have been buried some time in June. It had been buried in quick lime, as had the first. Search will be made tomorrow for others which are said to have been buried there within the past three months. For several years Mrs. Miller is thought to have conducted a baby farm, but this is the first time that the officers have been able to get a case against her. The baby which was first found is said to have been taken to her by a Wichita physician, who is said to have given her $25 to find it a home. It was all right when seen early in the evening, but the next morning it seemed to have disappeared.

[“A Wichita Baby Farm Scandal - Two Bodies Have Been Found Buried In a Back Yard.” The Hutchinson News (Kan.), Sep. 4, 1903, p. 1]

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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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