Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the Prom Mom

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One of the most unthinkable acts is a mother murdering her child, commonly known as maternal filicide. Although definitive statistics are difficult the homicide may be masked as accidental or SIDS related , between the years of and , 30 percent of all children murdered under the age of five were killed by their mothers.

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It describes the history of this practice in ancient Rome and Sparta, traditional Chinese society, early Muslim and Hindu cultures, and Judeo-Christian Europe. The authors describe five typologies a chapter on each of mothers who kill their children.

Two types are related to abuse and neglect. Another is purposeful killing for example, Susan Smith in drowned her two small sons in a vehicle and claimed she was carjacked. Case histories add haunting details to this volume about mothers who murder their children.

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They identified characteristics of violence and isolation in the eight women they extensively interviewed. The first half of this book concentrates on the stories of the women, while the second half tries to understand their crime. Infanticide: Psychosocial and Legal Perspectives on Mothers Who Kill, edited by Margaret Spinelli, provides a scholarly treatment of maternal infanticide, addressing epidemiology, historical legal statutes, bio-psychosocial and cultural factors, legislation, and treatment and prevention.

With insightful medical, psychological, and legal perspectives, Infanticide offers an in-depth look at mothers who kill their children. The volume covers theories, maturation, and behavior problems as the author attempts to understand why the women committed murder. An interesting chapter focuses on interviewing multiple murderers, possibly the outcome of the author interviewing four serial killers and three mass murderers for the book.

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