When caregivers kill: understanding child murder by parents and other guardians

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Rowman & Littlefield, Apr 30, 2010 - Law - 151 pages
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Each year in the U.S. hundreds of children under the age of ten are killed by parents, relatives, or other caregivers. In recent years, families have become less dependent on kinship and neighborhood relationships, so they may become nearly invisible to those who might otherwise be involved in their activities. Because of this isolation, danger to children often does not become visible to the public until the child is injured or, worse, dead. This book offers an overview of the various caregivers involved in child homicide. It covers murders committted by mothers, fathers, babysitters, and others and examines the common circumstances that lead to such violence. Using cases throughout, the authors reveal the extent and nature of child homicide in chilling detail. Readers will come away from the book with a greater understanding of the problem--the triggers that lead to child homicide, the motives and means, what killers have in common, and how to prevent and address child homicide.

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User Review  - JudyCroome - LibraryThing

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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BETTY L. ALT is lecturer in Sociology at Colorado State University, Pueblo. She is the co-author of Wicked Women (2000) and author of Black Soldiers, White Wars (Praeger, 2002).

SANDRA K. WELLS After 29 years, Sandra K. Wells retired as Cheif Investigator with the District Attorney's office in Pueblo, Colorado, and now teaches at Pueblo Community College and Colorado State University-Pueblo. She is the co-author of Wicked Women (2000) and Fleecing Grandma and Grandpa (Praeger, 2004). She is the co-author of Wicked Women (2000).

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