When Caregivers Kill: Understanding Child Murder by Parents and Other Guardians

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 16, 2010 - Social Science - 160 pages
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From mothers who kill their children in postpartum fugues, to fathers who murder their kids for revenge against an estranged wife, the stories in this book are chilling yet real, and bring home the message that children are vulnerable to violence even in the care of those who should love and protect them the most. Sadly, child murder by parents and caregivers happens more frequently than one might guess, and while each case is different, there are often warning signs that something might be amiss. Signs of physical abuse may precede the ultimate act of murder. A mother's mental state after the birth of a child may signal true distress and the potential for extreme actions. No one can predict with certainty when a parent or other caregiver may snap, but here Alt and Wells examine many cases of child murder to find out what they have in common, how we might prevent such violence, and what more we can do to protect children in potentially explosive situations.

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Meticulously researched, WHEN CAREGIVERS KILL is also a dry, repetitive read, consisting more of a factual list of the unimaginable ways that caregivers – from parents to babysitters – find to kill ... Read full review

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Why is it that Bridgette Guerra case made this book? Do you even know this little girls story? She was a precious little girl, who's mother may have been young. She may have also worked as a stripper (so what). Does that mean that this precious 1 year old little girl's life mattered any less? It's really sad to think that the only memory of this beautiful little soul, is two newspaper articles and a few lines in a book. I know the mother personally, and she struggles with life now. I want to help her. I started by trying to research information about this case. Why is there no YouTube dedication video for this little angel? I would think that if you can write a book about all of the little angels life's that were cut short by the hands of the people mentioned in the book. You could have at least made memory video's for the child abuse and mentioned the little angels in this book. I highly doubt that Bridgette's mother even knows that her daughter is mentioned in this book. Her murderer already receives parole hearings. I will be there at each and everyone to make sure that he serves as many years possible of his sentence. If someone would kill a child once, why oh why would you not think that he would do it again??


Chapter 01 Reasons for Child Murder
Chapter 02 Mothers Who Kill
Chapter 03 Fathers Who Kill
Chapter 04 Other Caretakers Who Kill
Chapter 05 Child Murder and the Court System
Chapter 06 Searching for Prevention
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Betty L. Alt is author or co-author of twelve books including Policewomen: Life with the Badge, Following the Flag: Marriage and the Modern Military, and others. She is a lecturer in sociology and criminology at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Sandra K. Wells is co-author with Betty Alt of Wicked Women, Fleecing Grandma and Grandpa, and other titles. She recently retired after twenty-nine years in law enforcement, fifteen as Chief Investigator with the Pueblo County, Colorado District Attorney's office. She lectures in criminology at Pueblo Community College.

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