CARLISLE, THURSDAY, AUG. 3.
Betty SCOTT was indicted on the coroner's inquisition, and on the finding of the
Grand Jury, for the wilful murder of her female bastard child. The prisoner
pleaded "not guilty".
Mr. COURTENAY opened the case to the jury. It was one of the usual description,
and it appeared that the unfortunate woman at the bar had become pregnant, and
was taken before the magistrates, in order that an affiliation might issue;
however, she solemnly denied her pregnancy, and the parish did not further
inquire into the matter, and it rested until the 2d or 3d of June last, when the
sudden decrease of the size of her person attracted the neighbours' notice, and
they having seen the prisoner and her mother employed about a heap of ashes,
suspected something was wrong, made a search, and found a female child with
various wounds about the head. She was consequently apprehended, and the child
was examined by some surgeons, who were not decidedly of opinion that the child
lived after its birth, and said the wounds in the head might have been produced
by other causes than violence; consequently the Jury acquitted her of the
murder, but found her guilty of the misdemeanour in concealing the birth of the
infant, which for nearly 200 years, till the year 1803, was made punishable by
Mr. Justice PARK sentenced her to six months' imprisonment to hard labour in the
House of Correction.