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Attempted Serial Neonaticides: Case Report and a Brief Review of the Literature

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Neonaticide is an infant murder occurring on the day of birth. The case reports found in the literature are often focused on the mother as the agent in the context of pregnancy denial, dissociative symptoms, or psychosis. However, this report describes a rare case of attempted serial neonaticides, in which the acts were committed by a nurse at the nursery of a referral hospital in Brazil. The authors describe a forensic psychiatric evaluation for criminal responsibility and correlate the information from this particular case with relevant forensic themes, namely neonaticide, Munchausen by proxy syndrome, and serial healthcare killers.
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Keywords: antisocial personality disorder; borderline personality disorder; forensic science; munchausen by proxy; neonaticide; psychopathy; serial healthcare killers

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2016

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