“Unfortunate Accident”

This stood out to me as an example of what was obviously a brutal age where life wasn’t particularly valued.

Last Tuesday Evening an unfortunate Accident happened here; a Child of about 15 Months old, being left alone in a Room while the Mother step’d to a Neighbour’s House, the Child fell thro’ a Hole in the floor into the Cellar, where a Quantity of Water was, in which it was drowned. ‘Tis remarkable, that this is the eighth Child the Parents have had, none of which liv’d to be 18 Months old, and chiefly dying by some Accident.

Halifax Gazette, Aug 11, 1753. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=4p3FJGzxjgAC&dat=17530811&printsec=frontpage&hl=en