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- noun The
murderof a newborn.
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ROBI LUDWIG, PSYCHOTHERAPIST: Here ` s what we know about neonaticide, which is actually the elimination or killing of a child within 24 hours of its birth.
Judicial systems in other countries treat neonaticide very differently.
Cradles To Coffins 2008
And also, this is a neonaticide, which means that the baby was killed within 24 hours, and therefore, you only have a 24-hour range to look at.
And then inversely, we see women who do infanticide or neonaticide of a baby that ` s very young, thrown away in a dumpster or worse, killed and then thrown away.
LUDWIG: Well, this was not quite neonaticide, because the child miraculously survived.
But what we have found with mothers who have committed neonaticide is it ` s due a lot to circumstances, fear that they ` ll be found out as being pregnant or that they themselves will lose love or relationship, and that later on in the lives, when their circumstances are right, they can be great parents.
Virtually all neonaticide cases involve women who confuse the initial stages of labor with a need to defecate.
Women and girls who commit neonaticide tend to be exceedingly passive, and they respond to pregnancy with a combination of denial, wishful fantasy, and terror.
In spite of the fact that the girls and women who commit neonaticide reflect the full range of socio-economic backgrounds, when one considers their personal financial resources, as distinct from those of their families, they are invariably quite vulnerable. n10 This factor is quite important because these women are so convinced that having a baby will jeopardize their current living situations.
Hrdy shows that neonaticide is sometimes to the benefit of the mother, in which case she has no qualms about offing the kid.
Bell curves Sean 2005