Child Homicide: Parents Who Kill

Lita Linzer Schwartz, Natalie Isser

August 15, 2006 by CRC Press
Reference - 297 Pages - 4 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849393662 - CAT# 9366


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  • Investigates the role of the father in roughly 75 percent of child homicide cases, a fact virtually ignored by the media
  • Examines all forms of child homicide including Munchausen-by-Proxy, shaken baby syndrome, and SIDS
  • Touches on the controversial topics of abortion and euthanasia
  • Explains the differential post-partum diagnoses such as psychosis and depression and their validity as legal defenses§Includes the role of the media in cases such as Andrea Yates'
  • Summary

    From governments that enact population-limiting legislation or commit wholesale neonaticide, to families who purposely allow a weak, infirm, or unfavorably gendered infant to perish rather than expend limited resources, neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide, are practiced on every continent and by every level of cultural complexity.

    Taking an objective and diagnostic approach, Child Homicide: Parents Who Kill examines the crime of neonaticide from all angles including historical, cultural, psychological, and legal. Expanding on the first edition, published as Endangered Children: Neonaticide, Infanticide, and Filicide, this edition details child homicide in its many forms such as shaken baby syndrome and Munchausen-by-Proxy as well as the differing circumstances involved in infanticide and filicide. Unlike many books on the subject, it investigates the behavior of the father--deemed responsible in roughly 75 percent of these cases--whether aggressive, complicit, or merely absent, and his ultimate culpability under the law.

    The authors study the influence of today's media, and how its lightning-fast dissemination of these shocking and often complicated stories affect public opinion, copycat crime, and legal bias. This book explains legal defenses including insanity, differential post partum diagnosis such as post-partum psychosis, and discusses new policies, more appropriate, therapeutic punishments, and preventive measures.

    Child Homicide: Parents Who Kill places this phenomenon in its historical, cultural, and human context and makes us realize that this is not just someone else's nightmare.