Mothers suffering from profound depression differ from teens who kill their newborns and mothers who neglect or abuse their children. They often provide unheeded warnings and attempt suicide.
According to the American Anthropological Association, more than 200 women kill their children in the United States each year. Three to five children a day are killed by their parents. Homicide is one of the leading causes of death of children under age four, yet we continue to "persist with the unrealistic view that this is rare behavior," says Jill Korbin, expert on child abuse, who has studied mothers who killed their children.
We should detach from the idea of universal motherhood as natural and see it as a social response," Nancy Scheper-Hughes, medical anthropologist says. Women in jail reported that no-one believed them when they said they wanted to kill their children. "There's a collective denial even when mothers come right out and say, "I really shouldn't be trusted with my kids."
Studies show that maternal filicides are often due to depression and psychological reasons. That is contrary to a paternal filicide. The definition of a filicide is murders against children by their parents. Ironically statistics show that women only contribute to 13% of all violent crimes and 50% of those crimes are maternal filicides.
Here is one case :
Today, almost a year after she pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of her 6-year-old son, Garrett, Petrosky will speak about her ordeal on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," On Sunday the Oprah.com Web site repeatedly flashed a photo of the former Roanoke resident, an attractive, bespectacled blonde, sitting with her towheaded son, surrounded by Christmas presents. The caption beside the picture read, "Can bipolar disorder cause a mother to kill her child? Hear one suburban mom's story."
Petrosky, 41, wants to get the message out that mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder need to be recognized and treated rather than ignored in hopes the symptoms will go away, said Jay Finch, one of the state capital defenders who worked on her case.
She had a reputation as a "supermom," involved in all her children's school activities, working toward a degree at Radford University while managing the clothing and accessory store Present Thyme.
Then on April 15, 2005, she kept her son home from school. As they watched a cartoon together, she grabbed him by the neck and choked him until he stopped struggling. Then she took him to the bathtub, which she had already filled, and put him under the water.
She called 911 and said over and over, "I've just gone crazy."
"I do not know why I did this," she said in her confession to police, presented in court the day of her plea. "My thoughts are out of control, bad thoughts. I'm just crazy I guess. I should have called someone and asked for help, but I didn't."
The type of bipolar disorder Petrosky was diagnosed with, referred to as bipolar disorder II, is not always apparent to the families and friends of the person who has it, but can be more severe when it reaches psychotic levels, Finch said. Most people with the disease "will never have a breakdown similar to the one Andrea had, but a percentage of them will," about one in 20, Finch said.
Bitch2: Today Police found Emma Leigh Bakers body along a freeway in LA she was only 18 months old. The mother told police she was putting the toddler in her car seat when someone came up and struck her on the head she awoke to find her daughter missing. Do we have another case of a mother whom killed her child police say there are inconsistencies in her story Take the Andrea Yates case she was hospitalized in 1999 after attempting suicide she was diagnosed as having major depressive disorder and given Hadol. After becoming pregnant again she stopped taking her medication in 2001 she killed her five children. Could she have been stopped ? The problem is a spouse of loved ones never would think that the people they love would harm their own children . We had a policeman shoot his 2 kids last year and then killed himself but after this tragedy his family and friends all said he loved those kids. The problem is no one really knows what other people are really thinking .
Warning signs: Depression and related mental illnesses like bipolar disorder are key warning signals for impending trouble. In Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the “Prom Mom” (2001), Cheryl Meyer and Michelle Oberman state: “In general, depressed mothers have more thoughts of harming their child than do nondepressed mothers”
Look at the Casey Anthony case her parents are in denial that their daughter would kill her child but she did .Were there warning signs probably .It has to be up to the loved ones to help these women and heed the warning signs.
WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama visited a high school here Thursday, talking about her start in life on Chicago's South Side--never stepped foot at the University of Chicago because it "had nothing" to do with her-- and how she was told "you talk like a white girl" while growing up.
Mrs. Obama's visit was one of several her office coordinated on Thursday--drawing in female role models, including some celebrities-- as part of her National Women's History Month outreach to girls, to her new city, and her drive to make the White House more accessible.
Surprising 13 students at Southeast Washington's Anacostia High School,
She told them it's National Women's History Month, her background, her upbringing on the South Side of Chicago, working class family. She said she lived near the University of Chicago, but never set foot inside when she was growing up. "It was a fancy college, it had nothing to do with me."
".......She told the kids, don't worry about what your friends say, or teachers who don't think you can do something. "Work hard, do your best."
She said: "I wanted an A, I wanted to be the person who had the right answers. People said, you talk like a white girl - I don't know what that means." _____________________________________________________ Bitch2: Mrs. Obama doesn't know what talking like a white girl means let me explain. You don't talk like a ghetto rat.
******************************************************************************** Bitch1 says.................... PUHLEASE............... She talks like a white girl??? You are kidding me, that is like saying Oprah talks like a white girl. Did anyone every watch Okrah when she has on a white guest compared to a black guest???? She talks white when it serves her purpose, and then she goes to total hood rat ghetto ease when she is speaking to her brotha and sistah hoodrats...........
This is all a game folks, all of it. They are dopplegangers, morphing into what ever persona that fits them, so they can sell their shit, sell their movies, sell the presidency of the United States of America........
I read something on AOL the other day that infuriated me........ How AOL used old advertisements that they called racists. They used things that would seem racist NOW, compared to the social norm back then, when these advertisements were made. They said in the commentary under the picture that, they put the blackman down because they said in the advertisements that they made blacks stupid and sound illiterate.......... UMMMMMM excuse me................ Have you ever stopped a black person on the west or southside of chicago and talk to the inhabitants?????? They completely speak another language. That is by choice, not because they or we are racist........They relish in the fact that they speak the way they do. Listen to rap music and listen to Nickleback. What makes me nuts is, is when white kids try to dummy down and speak like black people. It is ignorant no matter if they are black or white......................Teach your children well.
Back in the day NEGRO and NIGGER were common words that the blacks themselves used and still used by them. It is off limits to us. How many times have you heard them use the N word, but God forbid we use the N word, it is racist. Double standards as usual.
Don't give me this shit that Michelle Obama didnt go to the hallowed halls of UofC..... She went to Princeton........ Hubby went to Harvard........ Read the link below and tell me if it is racist............... It isn't it was the sign of the times. What people were called. I am going to start calling my self a WHITE AMERICAN. Kinda like African American and see who it offends. I suggest you all do the same. Next month they won't want to be called African Americans. They might change it to African Blood Americans............Gawd only knows............
None of the Chawners, a married English couple and their two adult daughters, have worked in 11 years. Yet the British government pays them a combined 45,000 dollars an annum in various disability benefits stemming from their morbid obesity. (The Chawners weigh between 240 and 340 pounds each.)
Phillip, the family patriarch and the heaviest, claims the handout "barely covers the bills and puts food on the table. It's not our fault we can't work. We deserve more."
And, on that point, how quickly would our extra-large population bankrupt the United States if we ever brought a European-style welfare system to this side of the Atlantic? ____________________________________________________________________________ Bitch2 Im sorry we need to start taking responsibilities for our own actions. Stop overeating !!
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