Journal Published Online: 01 July 2002
Volume 47, Issue 4

Newborn Kidnapping by Cesarean Section



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
Boston College School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA
Baker, T
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA
Nahirny, C
National Center for Missing % Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA
Rabun, JB
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, VA
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Stock #: JFS15462J
ISSN: 0022-1198
DOI: 10.1520/JFS15462J