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Families, Murder, and Insanity: A Psychiatric Review of Paternal Neonaticide

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 35 Issue: 1 Dated: (January 1990) Pages: 133-139
N S Kaye; N M Borenstein; S M Donnelly
Date Published
7 pages
Neonaticide is the killing of a newborn within the first 24 hours of life.
Although relatively uncommon, numerous cases of maternal neonaticide have been reported. To date, only two cases of paternal neonaticide have appeared in the literature. The authors review neonaticide and present two new case reports of paternal neonaticide. A psychodynamic explanation of paternal neonaticide is formulated. A new definition for neonaticide, more consistent with biological and psychological determinants, is suggested. 27 references. (Author abstract)