1755 Sarah Dean

James Bason discovered the body of a young female child in a brook near Congleton; the local justice of the peace examined the case, and asked a midwife to examine Sarah Dean, who, it had been rumoured was or had been pregnant. She admitted having given birth and hiding the body under the floor of the privy. The body of the infant was examined and found to have had its throat cut, and Sarah was sentenced to death and hanged.

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