Friday, October 11, 2019

Mary Oberly, Serial Baby-Killer – New York, 1887


FULL TEXT: New York, July 23. – Mary Oberly, a middle aged French woman, was arraigned in the police court this morning charged with keeping a baby farm. Her apartments were in a basement reeking with filth. The agent for the prevention of cruelty to children, a policeman and a health physician waited for several hours yesterday before the woman turned up, and they followed her into her apartments. The air of the room was stifling. Every window was closed and the crevices tightly filled to prevent the air from entering. In an armchair lay the dead body of an infant, covered with dirt and nearly nude. Asleep on the floor was a boy seven weeks old. Dr. McCann, of the health board, said the child died through neglect. It is said that two children died in her den in a year. An investigation will be made.

[“Baby Farming.” St. Paul Sunday Globe (Mn.), Jul. 24, 1887, 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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