By Joy Lynn E. Shelton, Tia A. Hoffer, Yvonne E. Muirhead
Maternal filicide has been mentioned within the scientific, psychological future health, and baby abuse fields, but little study exists with a felony justice/law enforcement viewpoint. however, felony justice pros accountable for research and prosecution of those offenders frequently needs to deal with precise behavioral, social, and mental dynamics now not thought of in lots of different varieties of situations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Behavioral research Unit (BAU) III – Crimes opposed to little ones pointed out, amassed, and reviewed legislation enforcement case records during which a organic mom killed her child(ren). jointly, the circumstances contain 213 organic moms who killed 265 young children, and are produced from neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide situations. 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. a number of the 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 mainly perpetrated via their moms. additionally, conventional guns resembling a firearm or knife have been used much less usually in comparison to asphyxiants and blunt strength tools. The authors discover the tenets of woman violence, the mother-child dynamic and psychological issues, and deal with the complexities linked to investigating and prosecuting maternal filicide offenders.
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Warren et al. (2002) found that women with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) were eight times more likely to be incarcerated for interpersonal violence and murder than those not diagnosed with NPD. In some studies, personality disorders have been reported as being more prevalent and often the most frequent diagnosis among child abuse fatalities (Bourget and Bradford 1990; d’Orban 1979). Bourget and Bradford (1990) noted a high frequency of borderline personality disorder diagnosis among their accidental filicide-battered group.
Bipolar Grandiosity, decreased sleep, more talkative, racing thoughts, distractibility, psychomotor agitation, increased and decreased involvement in pleasurable activities Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders Active symptoms—hallucinations, delusions, disorganized Schizophrenia speech, and behavior. Negative symptoms of flat affect lack of motivation. Social/occupational disturbance. Some symptoms for at least 6 months Non-bizarre delusions for at least 1 month, R/O schizophreDelusional nia, functioning in other areas not significantly impaired, behavior is not odd, symptoms not due to medical condition or substance abuse Uninterrupted period of symptoms, significant mood Schizoaffective disorder along with delusions or hallucinations for at least 2 weeks, symptoms not due to medical condition or substance abuse Anxiety disorders Excessive worry occurring more days than not for at least Generalized anxiety 6 months, which is hard to control, restlessness, fatigue, concentration problems, irritability, muscle tension, sleep disturbance, significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning, symptoms not due to medical condition or substance abuse, or only during a mood disorder Discrete period of intense fear, heart pounding or racing, Panic disorder—with or without sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, agoraphobia faint, feelings of unreality, or being detached, fear of losing control, fear of dying, numbness, or tingling, chills, hot flashes.
One author noted, “I think there is no doubt that the statement ‘that it was the best for the children’ is only an expression of the fact that the perpetrator himself/herself thought the infanticide was the best way out, that is to say the act was ego-syntonic” (Harder 1967, p. 245). Revenge or retaliatory maternal filicide has also been debated. Although the revenge categorization exists in several classification systems, Lewis and Bunce (2003) reported that in their study of 55 maternal filicide offenders, they did not see a case in which revenge was clearly the single motive.