Babies Killed, Parents to Blame?

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Babies Killed, Parents to Blame?

To some parents, babies aren't all that precious.

To some parents, babies aren't all that precious.

To some parents, babies aren't all that precious.

To some parents, babies aren't all that precious.

Steven Shin, Staff Reporter

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To many, having a child is a highly rewarding experience, no matter how difficult things can get. However, some parents do not do so well with the privilege of parenthood.

Earlier this year, a little girl’s body was discovered in a trash bag on the shore of Deer Island in Boston. The child was not recognized at the time, but after a long investigation, it was revealed that her name was Bella Bond. After the baby was identified, it was possible to find the child’s mother and father. Further investigation revealed that Bella’s mother had previously lost parental rights over two other children from 2001 to 2006. However, it was her boyfriend, McCarthy, who was charged with murder. Bond was charged as an accessory. This case caught the attention of people throughout the nation, with major news networks such as CNN providing coverage of the situation.

In another case, an infant was found to have been dropped from the seventh floor of an apartment building soon after birth. The mother had apparently given birth in her boyfriend’s bathroom and tossed her baby out the window. She claims to have hidden her pregnancy from her boyfriend. In the end, the death was ruled as a homicide.

What causes parents to do such tragic things to their children? How can these incidents be prevented? Dr. Phillip Resnick, director of forensic psychiatry at Case Western, revealed five main causes for parents to kill their children. “The first is ‘altruistic.’” He explains, “The classic case is the mother who plans to take her own life and believes that the children are better off in heaven with her. Number Two is the case in which the parent is acutely psychotic. The third type is fatal battering [of a small child]. The fourth is an unwanted baby, for example an infant born out of wedlock. The final category is spousal revenge, typically after infidelity.” Prevention of such filicide seems quite complicated, as it’s not possible to identify and separate children from unstable parents, especially if they have no past record of filicide. However, with increased vigilance and intervention from people around the parents or children, it may be possible to keep many children from meeting an end due to abusive or psychotic parents.

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