There is way too much killing in America – murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse and despondent people who kill themselves. Then there is filicide. That’s when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn’t happen, but it happens way too often.
A study published in the journal Forensic Science International combed through more than 30 years of FBI filicide cases and found parent-on-child murder happen in the United States about 500 times each year. More than two-thirds of the victims are six years old or younger. It might surprise you to learn that mothers kill their children almost as frequently as fathers. [Read Full Article]