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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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The fact that all paternal males had higher T levels than non-paternal males supports the hypothesis that an increase in T levels would be involved in the neuroendocrine mechanisms that suppress infanticidal behavior and promote the onset of parental behavior in the Mexican volcano mouse.
Rather than focusing on the act of infanticide and concluding that all infanticidal mothers are Medea-like monsters, "Monstruosa sororidad" encourages us to turn our attention to understanding what is happening culturally and psychologically with women who consider killing and do indeed murder their babies.
The portrayal of infanticide in popular film is itself a complex and expansive issue, and so for the moment, I will simply argue that the audience's surprising response to this scene and the director's choice to portray the killing off-screen may each be linked to a more widespread cultural resistance to acknowledging the sacrificial, and in this case infanticidal, violence which is bound up with the sacred.
The coati's high intra-specific variation in infanticidal behaviour makes for an excellent model system in which to empirically investigate infanticidal benefits and prevention mechanisms through long-term studies in which genetic relationships are known.
The details surrounding Rodgers's crime and arrest seemed poised to maximize a jeremiad rhetoric that infanticidal women, particularly servants, were prone to lies, disobedience, and concealment.
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.
And this may cause a newly migrated male bear to become potentially infanticidal towards their offspring.
The avowed anxiety of catachresis (the misapplication of a name) strikes a hollow note, for while Corneille dreads contamination by the Egyptian queen (recently depicted and named in La Mort de Pompee), (23) he will happily evoke the name of another of his characters, in this case an infanticidal witch.
Female brown bears with cubs moved less than females without cubs both before and after approaches, which agrees with earlier findings that females with cubs restrict their ranges, perhaps to avoid contact with infanticidal males (Dahle & Swenson 2003).
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".
The fundamental purpose of the ceremony was subliminally to acknowledge and deflect our infanticidal tendencies.
Yet they have no tolerance for moderate abortion policies like informing parents when their children seek an abortion, banning the essentially infanticidal partial-birth abortions, or protecting the civil rights of healthcare professionals who follow the Hippocratic Oath.