The murdering of children

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Purpose – This chapter aims to present an overview of what constitutes child murder, including definitions, history, prevalence, risk factors, offender motivations, and theoretical understanding. Design/methodology/approach – The author uses secondary data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System, Uniformed Crime Reports, and Vital Statistics to show comparisons with previously conducted research. This allows for an overview of child murder. Findings – There are numerous inconsistencies due to methodological issues. It is hard to find studies where a large sample was used. Definitions of child vary between studies, as does the age categories used. In addition, child homicide is predicted to be grossly underrepresented due to lack of communication between agencies, lack of formalized training, lack of a formalized classification system, and lack of reporting. Originality/value – Research on child homicide can be instrumental in many areas including policy creation, implementation, and evaluation. It can serve as a benefit for those attempting to provide preventative measures. It may also help law enforcement with investigation. It is only through continued analysis of these types of cases and vigilant research, policy, and practice that society can more effectively protect young children from exposure to potentially murderous outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSociology of Crime Law and Deviance
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameSociology of Crime Law and Deviance
ISSN (Print)1521-6136


  • Child homicide
  • Child victimization
  • Fatal child abuse
  • Violent crime

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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