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Discipline: Criminal Justice

Type of Paper: Essay (any type)

Academic Level: High school

Paper Format: APA

Pages: 3 Words: 825


1- Chapters 5-8 of our Mallicoat text cover an array of issues surrounding women and girls offending. For the purpose of this assignment, I want you to put on your forensic psychologist hat and critique the filicide crimes. Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing their own child. The word filicide is derived from the Latin words filius and filia (son and daughter) and the suffix -side, meaning to kill, murder, or cause death. The word can refer both to the crime and to the perpetrator of the crime. On average, according to FBI statistics, 450 children are murdered by their parents each year in the United States.

For this assignment, we will take a closer look at filicide and what some of the contributing factors might be. I would like you to choose a case where a parent was accused and found guilty of filicide but pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

2- After selecting your case, conduct your own research and then answer the following questions:

1- Explain the general facts of the case and the holding while defining not guilty by reason of insanity, and comparing and contrasting the M'Naghten Rule and the Irresistible Impulse Test.
2- Critique mental illness as a mitigating factor in determining punishment.
3- Justify whether mental illness is or is not a valid defense and why?
4- Discuss your thoughts on the outcome of the case?
5- Rely on valid research, incorporating as much material as applicable from class and other outside sources.

Here are some examples:


( Timeline of the murders of three children allegedly killed by their mother)


( Andrea Yates )