When Caregivers Kill: Understanding Child Murder by Parents and Other Guardians

When Caregivers Kill: Understanding Child Murder by Parents and Other Guardians

by Betty L. Alt, Sandra K. Wells
     
 

ISBN-10: 1442200774

ISBN-13: 9781442200777

Pub. Date: 04/16/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

From mothers who kill their children in postpartum fugues, to fathers who murder their kids for revenge against an estranged wife, the stories in this book are chilling yet real, and bring home the message that children are vulnerable to violence even in the care of those who should love and protect them the most. Sadly, child murder by parents and caregivers

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From mothers who kill their children in postpartum fugues, to fathers who murder their kids for revenge against an estranged wife, the stories in this book are chilling yet real, and bring home the message that children are vulnerable to violence even in the care of those who should love and protect them the most. Sadly, child murder by parents and caregivers happens more frequently than one might guess, and while each case is different, there are often warning signs that something might be amiss. Signs of physical abuse may precede the ultimate act of murder. A mother's mental state after the birth of a child may signal true distress and the potential for extreme actions. No one can predict with certainty when a parent or other caregiver may snap, but here Alt and Wells examine many cases of child murder to find out what they have in common, how we might prevent such violence, and what more we can do to protect children in potentially explosive situations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442200777
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Reasons for Child Murder 5

2 Mothers Who Kill 23

3 Fathers Who Kill 53

4 Other Caretakers Who Kill 79

5 Child Murder and the Court System 103

6 Searching for Prevention 115

Bibliography 127

Index 147

About the Authors 151

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