A unique killing: Adoptive parents who kill their adopted children; Adopted children who kill their adoptive parents
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Parricide and filicide are surely two of the most unthinkable and rare crimes.1 Parricide is the killing of a parent or other near relative.2 Filicide is the killing of a child less than eighteen years old by their parent or guardian.3 Subsumed under this category are two subcategories.4 Infanticide is the killing of a child less than one-year-old by their parent or guardian, and neonaticide is the killing of a newborn by a parent within the first twenty-four hours of life.5 This Article investigates an even more infrequent phenomenon—adoptive parents who kill their adopted children and adopted children who kill their adoptive parents.6
Pollack, D., Greenberg, K., Crane, E., Eisenberg, K. (2023). A unique killing: Adoptive parents who kill their adopted children; Adopted children who kill their adoptive parents. Nova Law Review.
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