Thomas (40) and Mary Lawley (30)

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Thomas (40) and Mary Lawley (30) - ThoccM Lawley, 40, carter, aad Mary Ltwley. 30....
ThoccM Lawley, 40, carter, aad Mary Ltwley. 30. his wife, were charged with manslaughter, ia eandng the death of thir UttU boy, Timothy LawUy. by ill - aaage aod no, eopplvlag hint with pi uisas ry food, la August, lsoO, at Kiagtwlnford. Mi. Roughly and Mr. Plait aonJucted the prosecution ; the prisoners were andefended by aouaaal. It tpptsred from the evidence that, about fin or six yean ago. the pnsonen went to live at a place celled tjueen s - bank. Tbey bad two children, a boy aad a giri. The boy. named Timothy, wu then about five or six yean l j". wm a smaU ehild, and ran about, an! got "is llif " and while the prisoners were I out they locked him and the little gvl up la tbe hoaas. Toe neighbours from time to time gtvs the children food, whUh they ate with great avidity, particularly the boy. but tbe : nolhrr "MafkmmW trvmfar their Dtlat - and said shs did I not than k them. Tbe Uttleboybadnelotbea,btwMCovcred . with dirty rags, filth, and core. When locked np in ' the house the poor boy would cry and put his hands I out of the window, and the nrighbeun gave him food, which he ate with eager - nets. Whea at liberty aa went about picking np onai, wnicn ncata ior rooo. cn - dence wm given that tbe ehild wu cn one oooasioa tied up in the bouse with a cord round hi waist, aad it another time by hlf leg ; and the father, on one occasion, wu area to give him two black eye, aad to beat him severely several time on the back with a strap, for going out to get food. He also beat his wtfe for letting tbe child go out, and so "letting him be jawed on account of tha child whenever be went ap and down tha street," A man named Xsah stated the male prisoner had been tn hla constant employ for about eight months, ap to the time when he was tacen into custody, at 12s. a week wages. The child died at the prisoner'! houas oa tbe 14th of August last. Mr. Gordon, the surrson, said be made a pott mortem examination of tbe body, and found thtt It weighed 1Mb. only, aad wu only ST. Inches In length. He could not speak to tbe age of the child, bat It weighed only 51b, or Qb. more than a newborn child. There were livid marks oa the bands and feet, M If the child had been beaten. There wu alto a mark ee the bead, and effssed blood underneath, showing tbat a contusion had taken place shortly before death. There was nothing In any part of the body to show that the child had died of dl - ease; but he Uileved that it had died of Ill - treatment aad want of suffide nt food. Mr. Baron WlLDZ aald ha did not think there wm aay evidence against tbe woman which be oaghl to leave to the jury, but be thought the ease wu rery atroax against the father, both with respect to the neglect and Ul - utare. The jury found the man Quilt y and th woman Nat 'Guilty. Mr. Baron WllDl aald the prisoner had ben consisted of the unnatural crime ef starring his own child. Tbe prisoner said he never had. Mr. Baron Wilds said that, sport th evidence, there eould be no doubt about it, and sentenced the prisoner to 13 years' penal servitude.

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  1. The Times,
  2. 20 Dec 1860, Thu,
  3. Page 28

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