New Study Reveals Parents In The US Kill Their Children At Least 500 Times A Year

New Study Reveals Parents In The US Kill Their Children At Least 500 Times A Year

A new study published in the journal of Forensic Science International revealed that filicide (the killing of one's son or daughter) occurred about 500 times a year in the US, after looking at three decades worth of cases between 1976 and 2007.

The study also discovered that almost 72% of those killed by their own parents were 6 years old or younger. And one-third of the victims were just babies under 1 year of age.

Also, more than 13% of the victims were adults, specifically people in ages running from 18 to 40 years old. So the threat of filicide doesn't go away when people get old enough to move out on their own.

However, only 10% of the victims were killed by their stepparents, which means that 90% of the victims were the biological children of the killer.

It also found that sons (52%) were more likely to be killed than daughters (38%). Parents used what the study called "personal weapons" to beat, choke or drown victims in the majority of cases involving underage kids. If the victims were adults, parents used guns in 72% of such killings.

The study also analysed why these killings happen. Dr Timothy Mariano, the study's lead author, offered up three theories: the parents are often mentally ill, they usually have higher levels of testosterone and the offspring that they kill may be considered unwanted.

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