Ambivalence toward mothers who kill: an examination of 45 U.S. cases of maternal neonaticide.

  title={Ambivalence toward mothers who kill: an examination of 45 U.S. cases of maternal neonaticide.},
  author={Joy Lynn E. Shelton and Yvonne E. Muirhead and Kathleen E Canning},
  journal={Behavioral sciences \& the law},
  volume={28 6},
Public opinion about neonaticide (the killing of a newborn within the first 24 hours of life) has varied across time and cultures. Some nations have passed legislation on behalf of maternal offenders with the assumption that childbirth, a time of unique biological change, may lead to mental disturbance. The United States, however, makes no such distinction; offenders are prosecuted under general homicide laws. Nevertheless, U.S. courts often consider a mother's emotional and physical condition… Expand
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