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 -cide, meaning to kill, murder, or cause death.
The word can refer both to the crime and to the perpetrator of the crime.
A Lee County father is behind bars after the death of his 2-month-old daughter.
According to the police, an Alabama man identified as Demarcus Treias Smith who took his 2-month-old daughter to a hospital with serious injuries has been charged in the infant’s death.
“These are the kinds of cases that take a piece of your soul,’’ Healey said. “The entire Opelika Police Department mourns the loss of baby Maliyah, and our thoughts are with her mother and family as they deal with this excruciating loss.”
Maliyah suffered from head trauma and internal injuries.
Authorities determined the injuries were sustained while the baby was in the care of her father.
Investigators carried out a search warrant Thursday at the family’s home.
At that time, Smith was taken to police headquarters for question and the chief said he provided details which corroborated evidence linking him to his daughter’s death.
He was formally charged just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday with murder and remains held in the Lee County Detention Center.
Source: Opelika Police Department OPELIKA, Ala. (AP)
Filicide is one sub-classification of domestic homicides.
The others being intimate partner, parricide (killing of a parent) and siblicide (killing of a sibling). Filicide differs from the other sub-classifications in the nature of the gender of offenders.
Where the other sub-classifications are generally committed in higher levels by males, the gender of the offenders is equally distributed in filicide.
A 2015 AIC report into domestic homicide identified that between 2002-03 and 2011-12 males committed 77% of intimate partner homicides, 80% of parricides and 89% of siblicides.
R.I.P To Baby Maliyah Stormi Smith.
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