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Child Maltreatment and Parricide
Child maltreatment and parricide

UNDERSTANDING THE phenomenon of child maltreatment is critical in analyzing the dynamics leading to the killing of a parent. In conceptualizing child maltreatment, the law distinguishes between crimes of commission and omission. Acts committed upon a child that are harmful are considered to constitute abuse; failure to act that results in harm to the child constitutes neglect. Adolescent parricide offenders are typically victims of both.

One type of child maltreatment can lead to the other. A child who is physically or sexually abused by a parent becomes a victim of neglect if the parents fail to seek medical attention for resulting injuries or sexually transmitted diseases. It is useful to distinguish four types of abuse: physical, sexual, verbal, and ...

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