Infanticide/neonaticide: The outlier situation in the United States

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Comparing the contemporary situation of neonaticides and infanticides in the United States with other countries reveals two salient factors: (1) The punishment and disposition exacted on women in the United States is often extreme, and (2) The unpredictability of the legal disposition in such cases is pervasive, varying from a homicide conviction to probation. This is partly due, at least initially, to cases being classified under some degree of homicide. Although the focus in this article is on neonaticides, none of the 50 states have any special infanticide or neonaticide statutes in contrast to the majority of other countries. Statutes of 50 other countries are provided in an Appendix A. A review of earlier historical and cultural approaches is given preliminary to discussion of the outlier situation presently existing in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-408
Number of pages10
JournalAggression and Violent Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2013


  • Comparative criminology
  • Infanticide/neonaticide
  • Legal sanctions
  • Neonaticide
  • Outlier position in the United States


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