n act of infanticide very serious in its nature, has just been committed in the parish of Northam, near Westward Ho! It came to light on Wednesday morning, when Mr. Superintendent Vanstone, of the Bideford Borough Police, who had been communicated with, made a diligent investigation, and succeeded in apprehending the accused person and finding portions of a

newly-born infant carefully concealed.


The accused is a single woman, who has been living in service at a house near Westward Ho! and her name is Minnie Minnard. She was confined in the house of her master and mistress on Tuesday evening, and afterwards left for the residence of her aunt in Honestone-lane, Bideford, where she was apprehended. The child, when discovered, was in mutilated condition, and a portion of tbe body still wanting is supposed to have been left at Westward Ho! The prisoner has confessed to having burnt the head and some portion of the body. (Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, 26 May 1871 - The British Newspaper Archive)

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