chapter  73
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Infanticide

WithMichael C. Craig

The term infanticide is derived from the Latin words infans and caedere, meaning, respectively, “incapable of speech” and “to kill.” Infanticide is generally understood to refer to the killing of a child under 12 months old. The killing of a “newborn” infant, usually during the first 24 hours of life, is often referred to as neonaticide.1