SUMMARY: Celia Roberts, age 20, died on July 24, 1931 after an abortion perpetrated in Raleigh, North Carolina by amateur abortionist Sophie Layton.
Mrs. Sophie Layton of Raleigh, North Carolina, was sentenced to five years for the abortion death of 20-year-old Miss Celia Roberts of Granville County.
Celia had gone to Raleigh in July of 1931 for an abortion, which was perpetrated on July 22. She was taken to a hospital in Oxford, where she died on July 24 after naming Layton as her abortionist.
A Justice of the Peace, I. E. Harris, was arrested "on charges of advising and procuring the operation." He turned state's evidence and identified Layton as the abortionist -- though on her deathbed Celia had sworn that Harris had nothing to do with her situation.
Another man, whose ties to the events I have been unable to determine, also testified that Layton went into Celia's room the night of the abortion.
- "Improperly Worded Judgment is Found in Langley's Case", Greensoro (NC) Daily News, Jun. 15, 1933
- "Mrs. Layton Goes on Trial on Charge of Manslaughter," Greensboro (NC) Daily News, Jan. 14, 1933
- "Mrs. Layton Enters Prison to Start Serving Sentence," Greensboro Daily News, Jul. 6, 1933
- "Woman is Arrested for Death of Girl," Greensboro Daily News, Oct. 8, 1931
- Death certificate