Behavioral Analysis of Maternal Filicide by Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead

By Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead

Maternal filicide has been mentioned within the scientific, psychological wellbeing and fitness, and baby abuse fields, but little examine exists with a legal justice/law enforcement viewpoint. however, felony justice execs answerable for research and prosecution of those offenders usually needs to focus on designated behavioral, social, and mental dynamics now not thought of in lots of different forms of situations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral research Unit (BAU) III – Crimes opposed to youngsters pointed out, accrued, and reviewed legislations enforcement case documents during which a organic mom killed her child(ren). jointly, the situations contain 213 organic moms who killed 265 kids, and are produced from neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide situations. facts research printed that the offenders ranged in age from 12-46 years, and plenty of have been single, unemployed, and had a historical past of violence. some of the sufferers have been 3 years of age or more youthful, didn't reside with their organic fathers on the time in their deaths, and had a historical past of maltreatment as a rule perpetrated via their moms. moreover, conventional guns reminiscent of a firearm or knife have been used much less usually in comparison to asphyxiants and blunt strength tools. The authors discover the tenets of lady violence, the mother-child dynamic and psychological problems, and deal with the complexities linked to investigating and prosecuting maternal filicide offenders. ​

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E. 1007/978-3-319-08150-2_9 43 44 9 Neonaticide 2008). It appears women from a variety of ages and life circumstances are capable of committing neonaticide in response to a conflicted pregnancy (Riley 2005). , leaving infant in toilet) rather than violent outbursts that are more often seen in the killing of older children (Shelton et al. 2011). Although some newborns are simply abandoned or die from blunt or sharp force injury, asphyxiation is the most commonly reported cause of death (COD) (Corey and Collins 2002; Crittenden and Craig 1990; DiMaio and DiMaio 2001; Meyer et al.

2011; Spinelli 2001). Prior research has revealed that neonaticide offenders are typically women who are young, unmarried, of low socioeconomic status, and living with their parents or a relative at the time of the offense (Beyer et al. 2008; Meyer et al. 2001; Resnick 1969; Shelton et al. 2010). However, more recent literature reveals that neonaticide offenders are of every race, age, educational level, and marital and socioeconomic status (Oberman 1996; Riley 2005; Shelton et al. 2011). Women in their 30s and 40s commit neonaticide as do women who are married (Beyer et al.

In addition, a lower threshold for hospitalization should be considered for mentally ill mothers of young children due to the possibility of a suicide/filicide scenario (Friedman and Resnick 2007). ” Studies have found that 50–80 % of women experience the “baby blues,” most often 4–5 days post-delivery (Wisner et al. 2003). Symptoms include anxiety, unexplained crying, exhaustion, impatience, irritability, lack of selfconfidence, and restlessness (Rosenberg et al. 2003). Most women are able to resolve these emotional feelings successfully without medical treatment (Wisner et al.

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