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INFANTICIDE, med. juris. The murder of a new born infant, Dalloz, Dict. Homicide, Sec. 4; Code Penal, 300. There is a difference between this offence and those known by the name of prolicide, (q.v.) and foeticide. (q.v.)
     2. To commit infanticide the child must be wholly born; it is not. Sufficient that it was born so far as the head and breathed, if it died before it was wholly born. 5 Carr. & Payn. 329; 24 Eng. C. L. Rep. 344; S. C. 6 Carr: & Payn. 349; S. C. 25 Eng. C. L. Rep. 433.
     3. When this crime is to be proved from circumstances, it is proper to consider whether the child had attained that size and maturity by which it would have been enabled to maintain an independent existence; whether it was born alive; and, if born alive, by what means it came to its death. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 331 to 428, where these several questions are learnedly considered. See also 1 Briand, Med Leg. prem. part. c. 8 Cooper's Med. Jur. h.t. Vide Ryan's Med. Jur. 137; Med. Jur. 145, 194; Dr. Cummin's Proof of Infanticide considered Lecieux, Considerations Medico-legales sur l'Infanticide; Duvergie, Medicine Legale, art. Infanticide.

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Infanticide is the purposeful death of an unborn fetus/ infant under five for reasons including: gender, and physical/mental handicap.
Since the foreign body was located close to the FB vertex we are of the opinion that the object entered the cranial cavity in early childhood after an accident or attempted infanticide.
The main reason for female infanticide in India, she said, is the financial burden associated with raising a girl-child in the form of dowry that is still practiced in some parts of India, even though it is illegal.
Today, monogamous primates such as titi monkeys native to South America have very low rates of infanticide.
So the researchers decided to test the rival hypotheses: did males commit to monogamy to prevent infanticide, or to ease the burden on females and thus improve the children's survival chances in a different way?
3) However, the important connections between the infanticide represented in this poem and Marian Erie's story in Aurora Leigh have yet to be fully explored.
Paris: A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of infanticide after two tiny corpses were found in a freezer at her home in eastern France, police said Tuesday.
In July of that year, a judge at an infanticide trial in County Galway explained that
In villages, where gender determination tests are not available, female infanticide is very prevalent.
The question at issue is whether a "de-fund" strategy to aid in the fight to abolish governmental toleration of prenatal infanticide in Ontario is a good, moral strategy.
Female infanticide has a long history in India, and chillingly each region has had its own established, traditional way of killing infant girls, methods that include drowning the baby in a bucket of milk, or feeding her salt, or burying her alive in an earthen pot.
Infanticide has been part of the criminal law of Canada for over 60 years but no appellate court in Canada had ever before reviewed the infanticide provisions in the Criminal Code of Canada.