An Unusual Case of Child Abuse Homicide/Suicide

    Volume 33, Issue 2 (March 1988)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 March 1988

    Page Count: 4


    Fain, DB
    Laboratory director and president, Forensic Pathologists, Inc., Bossier City, LA

    McCormick, GM
    Laboratory director and president, Forensic Pathologists, Inc., Bossier City, LA

    (Received 16 March 1987; accepted 2 June 1987)

    Abstract

    This case report examines a child abuse homicide in which the perpetrator committed suicide a few hours after the infant's death. At the time of the perpetrator's suicide he was not under investigation, nor was he a suspect in the death of the child. Although the literature does not contain reports of similar cases, we are sure they exist. This report raises the question of the degree of social stigma attached to the accusation of child abuse. It also serves as a warning to those who must deal with the potentially suicidal child abuser.


    Paper ID: JFS11972J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11972J

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