(Received 13 April 1992; accepted 19 May 1992)
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A highly unusual case of child stealing by cesarean section resulting in the death of the mother is presented. The judicial proceedings are summarized. The literature on the psychiatric status of perpetrators committing child stealing is presented. Two methods of psychiatrically categorizing these perpetrators are reviewed. The relevance of the literature to this and possible future cases is discussed.
Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Director, Forensic Services, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
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