Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 339–346 | Cite as

When parents kill their young children: Detroit 1982–1986

  • Ann Goetting


The population of 36 parents or parent figures arrested for killing their children or charges, who were under the age of 6 years in Detroit, Michigan, between 1982 and 1986, are described in the context of their deadly acts. This profile of parent-on-child homicide includes demographic and social characteristics of offenders and victims, circumstances of offense, andarrest and court dispositions.

Key words

child abuse child homicide filicide 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann Goetting
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green

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