Case Number: 6219

Hartozinski, Sophia - Age 40 - Died at the County Hospital from a criminal abortion alleged to have been performed by Mary Roback, a midwife, who, on 12/18/23, was held by the Coroner. 13 Dist. 11/12/25 - s/o - Gemmell.


Date of Offense December 18, 1923
Date of Death December 18, 1923
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address County Hospital
Type of Location Medical facility (Hospital, doctor's office, clinic) Midwife, Abortion place
Location Description County Hospital
Type of Death Accident
Description Illegal abortion
Total Number of Victims 1
Location County Hospital
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Accident Death from abortion


Name Hartozinski, Sophia
Age 40 years
Gender Female
Race White
Ethnicity Other, eastern european
Name of Hospital Where Victim Was Taken County Hospital


Name Roback, Mary
Gender Female
Ethnicity English-Anglo
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Nurse, Midwife


Precinct 16
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Less than 1 day
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision December 18, 1923
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Trial Judge Gemmill
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, trial
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence November 12, 1925
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Outcome of Trial Stricken off