AAFP: Child Murder by Parents

Presented By Philip Resnick, MD
Philip Resnick, MD

4 hours | 4 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Child Murder by Parents is presented by Phillip Resnick, MD, in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP).

Andrea Yates and Susan Smith have increased public awareness about parents killing their children. Among depressed mothers with children younger than three years of age, 41% report thoughts of killing their children. The motives for killing newborns (neonaticide) are distinguished from killing children older than 24 hours (filicide). Child murder is divided into five categories: altruistic, acutely psychotic, unwanted child, child maltreatment, and spouse revenge. Dr. Resnick discusses the perpetrators’ and their spouses’ reactions to the homicides in this program. Videotaped examples of cases of altruistic filicide and neonaticide serve as a basis for the discussion. Finally, strategies for prevention are addressed.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the differences between filicide and neonaticide

Describe child-murders based on motive

Describe the motives of mothers who kill their newborns

Describe which child killers are most likely to succeed in an insanity defense


Presented By

Philip Resnick, MD

Phillip J. Resnick is an internationally known forensic psychiatrist noted for his expertise in the assessment of violence risk and the detection of malingered mental illness. He is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University Schoo...


1. Introduction

2. Neonaticide

3. Classification of Apparent Motive

4. After the Homicide

5. Case Example - Yates

6. Insanity Defense, Laney Case, and Prevention

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Program Partner

American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP)

We are proud to partner with the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) for this training. AAFP is a non-profit organization of board-certified forensic psychologists whose mission is to contribute to the development and maintenance of forensic psychology as a specialized field of study, research, and practice. The Academy does this by providing high-quality continuing education workshops, providing a forum for the exchange of scientific information among its members, and conferring awards upon outstanding students and practitioners in the field of forensic psychology.

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