Mother tragically killed two daughters – but was she insane?

Committed for trial, she appeared at Hampshire Assizes on November 30, when she pleaded not guilty.

G R C Morris QC, appearing for the prosecution, revealed her father had died in a mental hospital. The couple had been married for seven years and were anxious to be parents. It was not until recently she had change into pregnant.

The one witness was Dr Christine Savill, medical officer at Holloway, who explained pregnancy sometimes created a physical upset and on the time Elsegood killed her children, she was affected by an acute mental illness and didn’t know what she was doing.

Jurors didn’t retire to think about their verdict, the foreman announcing they’d found her guilty but insane.

Elsegood was ordered to be detained during Her Majesty’s Pleasure.

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