Neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide: a review of the literature.
S. E. Pitt and E. M. Bale,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
23(3): 375-86, 1995.
This article summarizes and reviews the literature on neonaticide, infanticide, and filicide. A
literature review was conducted using the Medline database: the cue terms neonaticide, infanticide,
and filicide were searched. One hundred-fifteen articles were reviewed; of these, 51 are cited in our
article. We conclude that while infanticide dates back to the beginning of recorded history, little is
known about what causes parents to murder their children. To this end, further research is needed
to identify potential perpetrators and to prevent subsequent acts of child murder by a parent.