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Women who Kill their Children

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

P. T. D'Orbán*
Affiliation:
Home Office, and Royal Free Hospital, Pond Street, London NW3 2QG

Summary

During a 6 year period (1970–75) 89 women charged with the killing or attempted murder of their children were examined in a female remand prison. Six types of maternal filicide were distinguished: battering mothers (36 cases), mentally ill mothers (24 cases), neonaticides (11 cases), retaliating mothers (9 cases), women who killed unwanted children (8 cases) and mercy killing (1 case). Types of filicide were compared on a number of social and psychiatric characteristics and on their offence patterns and court disposals. The operation of the Infanticide Act is discussed in the light of these findings.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1979 

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