By Cheryl L. Meyer
A specified form of horror is reserved for moms who kill their little ones. situations resembling these of Susan Smith, who drowned her younger sons through riding her vehicle right into a lake, and Melissa Drexler, who disposed of her child child in a restroom at her promenade, turn into media sensations. regrettably, as well as those high-profile circumstances, thousands of moms kill their kids within the usa every year. The query almost always requested is, why? What might force a mom to kill her personal child?
Those who paintings with such situations, no matter if in scientific psychology, social providers, legislations enforcement or academia, usually lack simple understandings concerning the forms of situations and styles which would result in those tragic deaths, and the social structures of motherhood that can have an effect on women's activities. those moms generally defy the myths and media exploitation of them as evil, insane, or missing ethical ideas, and they're no longer a homogenous workforce. In noticeable methods, intervention suggestions should still range for who denies her being pregnant after which kills her baby and a mom who kills her children out of psychological disorder or to additional a courting. A typology is required to assist us to appreciate the various situations that in most cases ensue and the styles they stick with so as to make attainable more suitable prevention plans.
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11 Eight of the cases examined were classiﬁed as neonaticides. Factors found to be the most associated with neonaticide were unwed motherhood, late or no prenatal care, and non-hospital births. 12 Other researchers have supported these ﬁndings and have also indicated that ﬁrst-time motherhood13 and social and economic stresses14 are additional common features of neonaticide. These factors are perhaps best understood in the context of what we know about the women who commit neonaticide and the events that lead to the infant’s demise.
Therefore, these cases subdivide into neglect-omission and neglect-commission, respectively. Neglect-omission includes instances in which the mother did not attend to the health, nutrition, or safety needs of the child, such as leaving children in a closed car in hot weather. Neglect-commission includes cases in which an irresponsible action by the mother caused the death, such as shaking the baby too hard or placing something over the child’s head to stop the child from crying. Assisted/Coerced Filicide We included a case in this category if the mother killed the child, or if her partner—generally a romantic partner—did the killing and the mother was charged with murder.
40 Using NEXIS as a data source provided greater access to cases and therefore increased the number of cases available for review. However, as with any design and methodology, the advantages are offset by disadvantages. Perhaps the greatest drawback to using this approach was the fact that articles or transcripts were subject to the biases and accuracy of the reporter. We therefore approached the data with much skepticism. However, most of the cases, especially the ones we chose to highlight, were followed up extensively by numerous reporters and in various resources.