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Description - The Edward Street Baby Farm: The Murder Trial That Gripped a City by Stella Budrikis

In 1907, Perth woman Alice Mitchell was arrested for the murder of five-month-old Ethel Booth. During the inquest and subsequent trial, the state was horrified to learn that at least 37 infants had died in Mitchell's care in the previous six years. It became clear that she had been running a 'baby farm', making a profit out of caring for the children of single mothers and other 'unfortunate women'.

The case raised questions about how so many infants could die, in apparently squalid conditions, implicating Perth's first female health inspector, Harriet Lenihan, who visited regularly and Dr Edward Officer, a children's specialist, who had signed most of the death certificates.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781925816099
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 154mm x 18mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Fremantle Press
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Publish Date: 29-Sep-2020
Country of Publication: Australia

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