Focus on children murdered by parents in Italy: A sad reality

Pietro Ferrara*, Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani, Francesco Cavaleri, Roberta Au-Tuori, Annamaria Sbordone, Maria Amato, Ida Giardino, Francesca Ianniello, Va-Leria Sannicandro, Antonio Chiaretti, Antonio Ruggiero, Alberto Verrotti

*Autore corrispondente per questo lavoro

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With a documented history of over a century, it is noted that child murders, perpetrated by their own parents, are an interesting and dramatic phenomenon in the Italian territory. There are three forms of child homicides: neonaticide, infanticide and filicide. Thanks to several legal reports and studies, it is possible to draw the profile of the typical murderer: usually a young, Northern Italian woman, unemployed, in a conflicting relationship and suffering from psychiatric disorders. In most cases, the crime takes place at home. No particular method for committing the murder is preferred, but the death of the child can be due to different causes. Precautionary measures should be taken: parents should never be left alone facing health or psychiat-ric problems, families should be helped and supported during difficult times, women should be well-in-formed and aware of their rights.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)49-52
Numero di pagine4
RivistaSigna Vitae
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2018


  • Childhood
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Filicide
  • Forensic science
  • Infanticide
  • Neonaticide
  • Rights


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