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By Lita Linzer Schwartz, Natalie K. Isser

From infancy onward, young ones are at risk from many assets, together with parental and sibling abuse, drug abuse and psychological sickness in the house, parental forget, and poverty. removal an at-risk baby from a bothered atmosphere brings on a number of recent issues and isn't regularly a panacea. Endangered kids: murder, and different Crimes, moment Edition specializes in the myriad threats dealing with youngsters and offers perception into attainable solutions.

Beginning with a heritage of kid abuse, the publication explores this phenomenon as awarded in literature and in different cultural references. It then presents sociobiological and cross-cultural views on neonaticide. It examines reasons for abuse and explores how disgrace and denial of being pregnant can result in the killing of an boy or girl inside of moments of its beginning.

The e-book examines felony ramifications to neonaticide within the U.S. and overseas, together with mental and psychiatric defenses. extra chapters specialize in shaken child syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome via Proxy, and the ebook contains a new bankruptcy on postpartum melancholy. The authors contain profiles of a number of infamous instances, together with Susan Smith and Andrea Yates. in addition they speak about concerns on the topic of abortion and euthanasia, and finish via suggesting preventive measures to baby abuse and healing rehabilitation.

Exploring a social tragedy from mental, sociological, and criminological views, the authors try and resolution the numerous questions that come up from those crimes opposed to our such a lot susceptible, supplying readers a thought-provoking source that's guaranteed to motivate extra examine and inquiry.

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A study of neonaticide in Bavaria in the 19th century, based on a series of police dossiers, revealed data about the women that parallels problems for some pregnant women and reinforces the knowledge of the universality of this type of homicide. Servant girls faced no shame, no censure; their problem was to keep their jobs, and the majority worked up to the very moment of birth. Thus, these girls made no preparation for the births or even the babies. Their motivation for killing did not derive from extreme conditions.

It was a way for neighborhood women to pool their resources to care for their babies, enabling them to work and also “in its worst abuses a latent system for the disposal of abandoned babies” (Broder, 1988, p. 130). Mothers who wished to abandon babies they could not afford would simply leave them at a baby farm and disappear. “In this way, baby farmers often served as unwilling agents in the process of abandonment” (p. 139). The economic dislocations caused by the Civil War and Reconstruction, plus the South’s post-bellum industrialization, produced suffering and poverty, resulting in a marked increase in the number of infant abandonments and homicides (Green, 1999).

Records of infanticides in 19th century Ohio corroborate findings that we noted in early Europe. In insular communities bounded by common values, language, and snoopy neighbors, social behaviors that inhibited infanticide were enforced (Wheeler, 1997). Death rates for girls in colonial America, and even later for girls under age 9, were sometimes twice those for boys. As some demographers noted, the growth of modernization in the 19th century meant that boys’ labor contributed to the cash crop economy while daughters’ work had no monetary value.

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