Luisa de Jesus, born in 1750, was a Portuguese “baby farmer.” She would take in abandoned babies and receive a fee 600 reis plus clothes for the child and afterwards poison them so that she could keep the expense money for herself. She operated in Coimbra (200 km north of Lisbon). Caught in her crimes, she was arrested and confessed to killing 28 of the 33 children she had taken in. She was executed on July 1, 1772, at the age of 22 years. She was sentenced to death and carried through the streets of Lisbon, whipped, hanged and then publicly burnt. Luisa de Jesus was, reputedly, the last woman to be executed was in Portugal.
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Diccionario Bibliographico Portuguez, Estudos De Innocencio Da Silva, Applicaves A Portugal E Ao Brasil, Volumes 7, 1862, Lisbon, p. 237
Johnann Peter Frank, A Complete System of Medical Police, Johns Hopkins UP, 1976, p. 120 (footmote citing Meissner)