By Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead
Maternal filicide has been mentioned within the scientific, psychological health and wellbeing, and baby abuse fields, but little study exists with a legal justice/law enforcement standpoint. however, felony justice pros accountable for research and prosecution of those offenders usually needs to deal with designated behavioral, social, and mental dynamics now not thought of in lots of different different types of situations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral research Unit (BAU) III – Crimes opposed to childrens pointed out, gathered, and reviewed legislation enforcement case records during which a organic mom killed her child(ren). jointly, the situations contain 213 organic moms who killed 265 young ones, and are constructed from neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide circumstances. facts research printed that the offenders ranged in age from 12-46 years, and lots of have been single, unemployed, and had a background of violence. the various sufferers have been 3 years of age or more youthful, didn't dwell with their organic fathers on the time in their deaths, and had a background of maltreatment ordinarily perpetrated by means of their moms. furthermore, conventional guns reminiscent of a firearm or knife have been used much less frequently in comparison to asphyxiants and blunt strength tools. The authors discover the tenets of lady violence, the mother-child dynamic and psychological problems, and tackle the complexities linked to investigating and prosecuting maternal filicide offenders.
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1975) reported a 19-fold risk of developing bipolar disorder among first-degree relatives. Even in utero, prenatal conditions, such as loss of oxygen, can cause a disruption in the development of an infant’s brain. Poor nutrition by a mother or exposure to toxins could also lead to future mental illness. Finally, 1 The terms mental illness and mental disorder are similarly defined and throughout this brief will be used interchangeably. The terms do not indicate differences in degree of severity or frequency of symptomatology.
Fatalities resulting from physical abuse have been reported to be most often caused by fathers or other male caregivers. A Colorado study of child maltreatment deaths found that 80 % of the deaths caused by head and body trauma were committed by male perpetrators (Levine et al. 1994). Common attributes among perpetrators of fatal physical abuse have been reported, including being rigid, having an excessive need to control, lacking empathy, being unable to control their anger, and having a low tolerance for frustration (Levine et al.
Dobson and Sales (2000) indicated that even postpartum blues, which can cause mental disturbance in new mothers, does not play a role in neonaticide, given that it generally begins approximately three days after delivery. Some studies have also reported a lack of mental illness even after psychiatric evaluation of the mother (Cheung1986; d’Orban 1979; Haapasalo and Petaja 1999; Putkonen et al. 2007; Resnick 1970). Denial and concealment of pregnancy are commonly reported among studies of neonaticide offenders, and offenders often describe an altered perception at the time of the birth characterized as lapses in memory, missing pieces of time, blacking-out, anxiety, panic, fear, pain, feelings of being out of control, numbing, detachment, and depersonalization (Shelton et al.
Behavioral Analysis of Maternal Filicide by Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead