Monday, September 19, 2011

Mrs. Rozilla Worcester, New York Child Care Provider & Serial Killer - 1877


FULL TEXT: Dr. Nagle, Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics, called the attention of the Board of Health yesterday to an establishment at No. 149 Charles street, in which there was a remarkable infant mortality. Dr. Nagle stated that no less than six children had died in the house within the past month, which was in itself a good cause for investigation. The deaths of these children were all verified to by reputable physicians, and there was nothing suspicious about the diseases from which it was reported they had died, the chief cause being cholera infantum and marasmus. Sanitary Superintendent Day was directed to make an inspection, and Sanitary Inspector Hughes was detailed for that purpose. The house in question is kept by Mrs. Rozilla Worcester. It is a two story brick house, very respectable in appearance and the interior is remarkably neat and clean. Mrs. Worcester, on being questioned by a Times reporter, denied that there had been any unusual infantile mortality in her house. She said that there had been only two deaths there in six weeks. One of these children was at his birth so weak and puny that it lived only a few hours. The other died of marasmus. Both had proper medical attendance. During the excessive heat which last Summer proved so fatal to children throughout the City three children died at her house from cholera infantum. Mrs. Worcester said that she kept a private lying-in establishment.

[“Case of Alleged Baby-Farming – Six Children Said To Have Died In A House On Charles Street Within Four Weeks – The Authorities Investigate The Matter,” New York Times (N.Y.), Feb. 7, 1877, p. 8]

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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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For more cases of this category, see: Female Serial Killers of 19th Century America (as of January 20, 2014, the collection contains 61 cases)

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