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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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In many respects the death of this infanticidal mother helps bring about
Parents are responsible for infanticidal killings in the majority of cases; almost equal numbers of mothers and fathers kill victims under five years of age--thirty and thirty-one percent respectively.
However, the nest in our study was empty when checked 12 days later and we observed no phoebes in or near the shelter, indicating the infanticidal male phoebe in our study did not subsequently breed in that shelter.
Finally, Part IV will consider the social, legal, and political functions served by labeling white women "mad" and women of color "bad" in the treatment of infanticidal women.
Josephine McDonagh notes that "while the authors of the 1834 Poor Law Report defended themselves against the objection that the arrangements for unwed mothers 'promote[d] infanticide', their opponents attacked the entire regime as an infanticidal one" and that "Accounts of poor mothers killing their children, and often themselves, as a response to the strictures of the workhouse recur in the sermons, speeches, newspapers, and pamphlet literature.
Several hypotheses have been proposed and tested to explain infanticidal behavior.
Moreover, this may bias the apparent selection pressure on parents, given that infanticidal events are inclined to occur at the nest of parents with a particular phenotype (e.
And this may cause a newly migrated male bear to become potentially infanticidal towards their offspring.
She argues that only a small percentage of women fitted the stereotype of the infanticidal woman as young, unmarried, seduced and abandoned, driven to infanticide by shame and desperation.
He quoted the scientist and critic of religion, Professor Richard Dawkins, describing God as "a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully".
LOJO RODRIGUEZ, Laura Ma, '"At the Heart of Maternal Darkness": Infanticidal Wish in the Poetry of Mary O'Donnell and Eavan Boland', in Nordic Irish Studies, 7, pp.
Similarly, as in the myth of Abraham and Isaac, or of Laius and Oedipus, the ancients used to sacrifice their firstborn son while unconsciously projecting their infanticidal wishes onto their gods.