Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 43, Issue 2, pp 495–497 | Cite as

Matricide by Failure to Act in Autism

  • Esperanza L. Gómez-DuránEmail author
  • Carles Martin-Fumadó
  • Lia Litvan
  • Maite Campillo
  • Pamela J. Taylor

We present clinical and forensic issues in the cases of two defendants diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to DSM-IV-TR criteria. ASD refers to a wide continuum of associated cognitive and neurobehavioral disorders, with three core features: impairments in socialization, impairment in verbal and nonverbal communication and restricted and repetitive patterns of behaviour (Filipk et al. 1999). “Mindblindness” describes an essential aspect of the autism picture, the inability to perceive a point of view other than one’s own (MacNeil Horton and Lawrence 2003). Although ASD symptoms should be present from infancy or early childhood, the disorder may not be detected until later (Bastiaansen et al. 2010), and those who show no major impairment may not be diagnosed until they get in trouble (MacNeil Horton and Lawrence 2003). ‘Trouble’ may constitute a crime if it can be shown that an illegal act or omissionwas carried out by the person charged according to that...


Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder Symptom Motor Skill Development Minor Physical Anomaly 
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Ana Gonzalez, who assisted in the case report.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Esperanza L. Gómez-Durán
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Carles Martin-Fumadó
    • 4
  • Lia Litvan
    • 5
  • Maite Campillo
    • 5
  • Pamela J. Taylor
    • 6
  1. 1.Hospital Duran i ReynalsFundació Sociosanitària de BarcelonaL’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  2. 2.Servei de Responsabilitat ProfessionalCol·legi Oficial de Metges de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Universitat Internacional de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Catalan Institute of Legal MedicineBarcelonaSpain
  5. 5.CAEMParc de Salut MarBarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.Institute of Psychological Medicine and Clinical NeurosciencesSchool of Medicine, University of CardiffCardiffUK

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