Endangered Children: Homicide and Other Crimes (2nd Edition) by Lita Linzer Schwartz, Natalie K. Isser

By Lita Linzer Schwartz, Natalie K. Isser

From infancy onward, childrens are at risk from many assets, together with parental and sibling abuse, drug abuse and psychological disease in the house, parental forget, and poverty. removal an at-risk baby from a surroundings brings on a number of recent issues and isn't continuously a panacea. Endangered little ones: murder, and different Crimes, moment Edition specializes in the myriad threats dealing with childrens and gives perception into attainable solutions.

Beginning with a heritage of kid abuse, the publication explores this phenomenon as awarded in literature and in different cultural references. It then offers sociobiological and cross-cultural views on neonaticide. It examines causes for abuse and explores how disgrace and denial of being pregnant can result in the killing of an youngster inside of moments of its delivery.

The e-book examines criminal ramifications to neonaticide within the U.S. and overseas, together with mental and psychiatric defenses. extra chapters concentrate on shaken child syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by means of Proxy, and the e-book contains a new bankruptcy on postpartum melancholy. The authors comprise profiles of numerous infamous instances, together with Susan Smith and Andrea Yates. in addition they speak about concerns on the topic of abortion and euthanasia, and finish via suggesting preventive measures to baby abuse and healing rehabilitation.

Exploring a social tragedy from mental, sociological, and criminological views, the authors try to resolution the numerous questions that come up from those crimes opposed to our so much weak, delivering readers a thought-provoking source that's guaranteed to inspire additional examine and inquiry.

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It was a “shame” society in which there were rigorous mores and social codes that Arthur and Hetty broke. Ever the Victorian moralist, Eliot was, nevertheless, sympathetic and accurate in creating portraits that illustrated the complexity of motives and behavior. She used the story of neonaticide to demonstrate that even decent people, driven by inner weaknesses, could commit the most horrible crimes. Neonaticide in this case was never condoned, but the idea of mitigating circumstances, or clemency, became more acceptable, even though Eliot punished her characters for their moral lapses (Allen, 1992).

A factor that further promoted despair in Catholic countries was a strong patriarchal culture that allowed fathers to avoid legal responsibility for the support of their illegitimate children. In addition, fathers were legally protected from any attempt to identify them as the parent (Kertzer, 1993). There was a high rate of neonaticide among servant girls: vulnerable to seduction on the one hand, and the overt attempt to use the sexual encounter to capture the commitment to marriage on the other.

Deformed children were smothered, and if the mother died in childbirth or while nursing, the child was also killed (Hughes, 1987). These circumstances do not exist in developed or modern societies. Certainly there is ample food and medicine, and today even single parenthood is acceptable. However, the studies of Daly and Wilson (1988) show that a large percentage of child homicides in Canada are the murders of stepchildren. Furthermore, Wright suggests that crimes are “committed by the natural fathers who have begun to doubt—consciously or unconsciously—that they are” (1994, p.

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