From infancy onward, children are in danger from many sources, including parental and sibling abuse, drug abuse and mental illness in the home, parental neglect, and poverty. Removing an at-risk child from a troubled environment brings on a host of new concerns and is not always a panacea. Endangered Children: Homicide, and Other Crimes, Second Edition focuses on the myriad threats facing children and provides insight into possible solutions.
Beginning with a history of child abuse, the book explores this phenomenon as presented in literature and in other cultural references. It then provides sociobiological and cross-cultural perspectives on neonaticide. It examines motives for abuse and explores how shame and denial of pregnancy can lead to the killing of an infant within moments of its birth.
The book examines legal ramifications to neonaticide in the U.S. and abroad, including psychological and psychiatric defenses. Additional chapters focus on shaken baby syndrome and Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, and the book includes a new chapter on postpartum depression. The authors include profiles of several notorious cases, including Susan Smith and Andrea Yates. They also discuss issues related to abortion and euthanasia, and conclude by suggesting preventive measures to child abuse and therapeutic rehabilitation.
Exploring a social tragedy from psychological, sociological, and criminological perspectives, the authors attempt to answer the many questions that arise from these crimes against our most vulnerable, offering readers a thought-provoking resource that is sure to encourage further research and inquiry.
"… well-researched and brilliantly written … discuss therapeutic rehabilitation and therapeutic jurisprudence, an interdisciplinary approach that concentrates on applying laws in a manner that will enhance the psychological well-being of those to whom they are applied. They call for judges, lawyers, social workers, psychologists, and others to work together to develop strategies to protect children."
—Colonel Kuljeet Singh, CPP., in Security Management Magazine
"The book is attractive, well written and has a great deal of documentation."
"The book… is well organized and the sections are easily located in the Table of Contents… the issues are presented logically and supported with a good review of the research literature… authors have uncovered relevant findings to support their arguments."
—Journal of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, Vol. 34, No. 3
"The book presents both sides of the issues and is well-illustrated with cases."
—Elizabeth S. Bishop, Ph.D.
Children: An Endangered Species Throughout History
Gender and Child Homicide
The Literary Legacy
Legacies of Ancient Cultures
Child Homicide in Literature and Operas
A Historical Note
Neonaticide in Theory and in History: Who Are the Perpetrators?
A Brief Look at Asian Cultures
Cultural Causes in the West
A Historical Perspective
Penalties of the Past
Motives for Abuse
The Role of Shame
Denial of Pregnancy
Reaction and Revenge
Neonaticide and Its Alternatives
Options in Pregnancy
Carrying the Pregnancy to Term
A Comment on "Illegitimacy"
Placement for Adoption
Neonaticide and the Law
Variations in Charges and Sentencing
Should Neonaticide Be Punished? If So, How?
Anglo-American Laws and Sentencing
What About the Fathers?
In Transition: From One Form of Child Abuse to Another
Shaken Baby Syndrome/Shaking Impact Syndrome
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
Postpartum Depression Disorders
Differentiating the Disorders
The Andrea Yates Case
What Can Be Done
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
Infanticide, Filicide, and Other Abuses
What Kind of Parent … ?
If These Are the Causes …
The Law and Crimes Against Children
The Insanity Defense
Postpartum Depression Versus Postpartum Psychosis
In Defense of the Defendant
Variations in Penalties
An Interesting Question
Are the Laws Antifemale?
Looking Back and Ahead
Choice and Reproduction Arguments
The Abortion Controversy
Language and Imagery
In the Courts
Does Fetus = Person?
Euthanasia and Infanticide
To Treat or Not to Treat
Legislative and Judicial Responses
Eugenics, Mercy Killing, and Euthanasia
The Parental Positions
Child Abuse: Preventive Measures
Prevention of Neonaticide
Preventing Infanticide and Filicide
Summarizing the Alternatives
Concluding Thoughts and Recommendations
The DeShaney Case
The Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence