Endangered Children: Neonaticide, Infanticide, and Filicide by Lita Linzer Schwartz

By Lita Linzer Schwartz

Individuals are horrified whilst mom and dad kill their childrens, but this act happens day-by-day on an international foundation. Endangered youngsters: Neonaticide, Infanticide and Filicide presents a mental, sociological, and criminological standpoint of those acts, because the authors solution the numerous questions that come up from those crimes.

With an emphasis on neonaticide by way of causes, possible choices, defenses provided, and consequences imposed, this ebook may be of curiosity to every person from social staff to lawyers. A secondary zone of concentration is infanticide and filicide, back with awareness paid to reasons, defenses, and felony results. specific awareness is paid to psychological/psychiatric defenses which were provided and their impression as stated in legislations evaluate articles and elsewhere.

Despite common reprobation, neonaticide and infanticide were practiced on each continent and via humans on each point of highbrow complexity. this article will research the moms of the sufferers by way of heritage and causes in addition to the function, if any, that psychological disorder performs within the loss of life in their children.

What units the degree for a dad or mum of a infant to desert it to a nearly definite demise? What explanations underlie such an act? Do the attitudes and legislation concerning abortion have any relation to neonaticide?

These questions, in addition to many others should be responded in societal, non secular and criminal phrases. pros and the lay public alike have to comprehend why those incidents happen and what activities could be undertaken to minimize them sooner or later.

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Sanctions deriving from notions of female honour were thus the usual cause of neonaticide, overriding economic necessity or any feeling towards children as such” (Wilson, 1988, p. 764–765). The 1309/frame/C02 Page 30 Friday, May 19, 2000 2:13 PM 30 Endangered Children law of 1810 was harsh toward the crime; the punishment was death while other homicides carried the penalty of life imprisonment. However, judges and prosecutors lessened the punishment by allowing for extenuating circumstances or convictions on lesser charges (Wilson, 1988).

The research devolved on two levels: an abstract method which depended upon mathematical models of genetics, ecology, and demography, and the concrete which analyzed specific problems of the species and their physical and social evolution. Research, observations, and statistical analysis concluded that species’ behavioral patterns, including humans, generally adapted to the best outcome for reproduction or the genetic continuation of future generations. Therefore, cooperation within a family, tribe, pride, or den is achieved as a means to bring about the desired goal of reproduction and, according to Daly and Wilson (1988), this idea has been “abundantly confirmed by recent research on nonhuman animals, and there is a growing body of empirical studies indicating its applicability to human sociality, too” (p.

Still, other slave women attempted escape, but some abandoned their babies knowing that the master and other women would take care of them (Fox-Genovese, 1988). Toni Morrison (1988) used filicide as a technique to force readers to confront the nightmares of slavery in her novel, Beloved. In her book, Morrison, like Eliot, based some of her plot on real episodes in history and intertwined them with African-American myths. The plot is set in the period immediately after the Civil War. It tells the story of Sethe, a slave woman, who kills her second oldest daughter, Beloved, to spare her the dehumanization of slavery.

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