Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

Infanticide refers to intentionally killing an infant or young child, usually less than one-year-old.

It is a form of homicide and is considered a serious crime in most countries. A parent or caregiver may commit infanticide for various reasons, such as financial difficulties, unwanted pregnancy, mental illness, or a desire to conceal an illegitimate birth. Infanticide can devastate families and communities and is considered a grave moral offense.

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Last Modified: 03/06/2023


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