There is way too much killing in America – murders, accidental shootings, executions, deadly domestic abuse and despondent people who kill themselves. Then there is filicide. That’s when parents kill their own child. We would like to think this sort of heinous crime doesn’t happen, but it happens way too often.
A study published in the journal Forensic Science International combed through more than 30 years of FBI filicide cases and found parent-on-child murder happen in the United States about 500 times each year. More than two-thirds of the victims are six years old or younger. It might surprise you to learn that mothers kill their children almost as frequently as fathers.
Experts believe parents kill for one of five reasons. They think the child would be better off dead, psychosis convinces them that their child is possessed by the devil, the child is seen as too much of a burden, death comes accidentally as an offshoot of physical abuse or the child is killed as revenge against the other parent.
Can you imagine killing a child to get back at the person you once professed to love?