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    Volume 47, Issue 4 (July 2002)

    Newborn Kidnapping by Cesarean Section

    (Received 16 February 2002; accepted 8 February 2002)

    Published Online: 2002


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    A study of 30 cases of violence from a total sample of 199 cases of infant abductions between the years 1983 and 2000 included a subsample of six (or 20%) where the kidnapping was by cesarean section. The six cases are classified by type of crime. Four cases were classified as personal cause homicide, subtype cesarean section homicide; one case classified as personal cause, subtype domestic homicide, and one case clas-sified as a criminal enterprise homicide. The behavioral profiles of the abductors included a confidence style approach to the victim mother, decep-tion, and planning of the cesarean section. The forensic psychodynamics suggest a dual motive to cement a failing partner relationship and to fulfill a childbearing and delivery fantasy. Cesarean section murder suggests a new category of personal cause homicide.

    Author Information:

    Burgess, AW
    Professor of Psychiatric Nursing, Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA

    Nahirny, C
    Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Center for Missing % Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA

    Rabun, JB
    Supervisor, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA

    Baker, T
    Adjunct associate professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

    Stock #: JFS15462J


    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15462J

    Title Newborn Kidnapping by Cesarean Section
    Symposium ,
    Committee E30