Volume 35, Issue 1 (January 1990)

    Families, Murder, and Insanity: A Psychiatric Review of Paternal Neonaticide

    (Received 21 January 1989; accepted 3 February 1989)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Neonaticide is the killing of a newborn within the first 24 h of life. Although relatively uncommon, numerous cases of maternal neonaticide have been reported. To date, only two cases of paternal neonaticide have appeared in the literature. The authors review neonaticide and present two new case reports of paternal neonaticide. A psychodynamic explanation of paternal neonaticide is formulated. A new definition for neonaticide, more consistent with biological and psychological determinants, is suggested.


    Author Information:

    Borenstein, NM
    Clinical director, Central New York Psychiatric Center, Marcy, NY

    Kaye, NS
    Assistant professor, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester State Hospital, Worcester, MA

    Donnelly, SM
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


    Stock #: JFS12810J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12810J

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    Title Families, Murder, and Insanity: A Psychiatric Review of Paternal Neonaticide
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30