Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mrs. Swarthout, Michigan Child Torturer - 1888

FULL TEXT: Detroit, Dec. 27. – A revolting case of brutality is reported at Reed City, Mich. Mrs. Swarthout, a photographer, has been arrested for maltreating her niece. She is charged with having tied the girl’s legs a stout cord, and then putting in a stick and turning the chord, and then putting in a stick and turning the chord until the child would became almost unconscious with pain. She would also cord her tongue in the same manner until the skin burst. Mrs. Swarthout has been bound over to the next term of court, and in default of $1,000 bail languishes in jail.

[“A Woman’s Brutality.” The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Dec. 28, 1888, p. 1]


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