In 1902 Ōtaki girl Dorothy Drake (aged 8) died after her mother beat her severely with a whip. During her trial for manslaughter, Mrs Drake said she beat Dorothy to correct her behaviour and that the force used was reasonable. This defence was not accepted. She was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in jail with hard labour.
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Reference: Bush Advocate, 30 June 1902, p. 2
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