FULL TEXT: A little girl twelve years of age has just been tried in the South of France [error, should be Sarthe dept.], for having smothered two children confided to her care. One of the victims was three years, the other eighteen months old. It was elicited in court that the murderess could not resist committing the crimes with which she was charged. After having smothered the children of her mistress she was removed to the hospital of La Flèche, and there felt impelled by some unnatural force to assassinate the patients. The jury wished to acquit the prisoner, on the ground that she was not responsible for her actions, and but for the direction of the judge she would have been let loose on society to continue her sanguinary career. The judge, however, considered that, whether the prisoner was responsible or not, society should he protected, and a verdict of guilty was found, followed by a sentence of imprisonment.
[“A Young Murderess.” The Geelong Advertiser (Victoria, Australia), Jun. 26, 1876, p. 3]