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  •  Women who kill their infant children (10+ / 0-)

    are often suffering from severe post-partum depression- post-partum psychosis. There was a case in Texas awhile back where a woman, Andrea Yates, killed her 5 children. She was one of the "quivering" people (as in bow and arrow quivers from the bible verse) and had multiple suicide attempts after the birth of her first child. Her first psychiatrist told her to stop having children and it enraged her husband and she was in no condition to be making decisions, never mind fighting battles over them.  

    •  My father was on the jury at the trial (3+ / 0-)
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      of a woman who shot her own baby, twice, in the head, execution style and threw his body in the trash.  Her reason?  Her new boyfriend wanted to go to Florida but he didn't want to take her kid along.

      There was no doubt in any of the jurors' minds she did it.  They found her guilty of manslaughter.  She got 20 years.  Needless to say, things could have ended much worse for her.  

      The photo of that dead infant with the two .22 bullet holes in his head haunted my father for the rest of his life.

      Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one.--Sam Rayburn

      by Ice Blue on Sat Apr 20, 2013 at 03:01:23 PM PDT

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    •  Everyone seems shocked at women killing babies (0+ / 0-)

      It seems every time I hear about women on trail for murdering their young children due to post-partum depression, we always hear how the crime is "unspeakable" and  "unprecedented" for a female.

      Yet in all other animal species, it's pretty common to see the mother reject some or all of her offspring and leave said offspring to die.  In the luckier cases, someone else (usually a person, but some animals do this too) will take in the rejected offspring and raise them.  So are these cases of infanticide just people acting on their animal instincts?  (BTW, this is not meant to belittle or deny the role of clinical post-partum depression in women.)

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