Filicide Case Study Solution

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The Analysis of Filicide
The intentional killings of babies have been recently plastered on the news and other media sources. New York City has recently had several instances where newly born babies were thrown out of apartment building windows, instantly dying from the impact of reaching ground level. Early August, new born Rizwan Ahmad was found on the ground in a pool of blood (Baker & Rojas, 2015). Tenisha Fearon, a resident of the Bronx threw her 6-month old daughter from her 6th floor window early October (Palmer & Santora, 2015). However, the most troubling side of the story is that these two babies are believed to have been murdered by their mothers. Filicide is the intentional killing of a child by a parent. Filicide is a part of
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A social worker would come into place by having the parent who has committed the crime as their client, before the crime or after. The social worker would engage the client to solve any issues that could benefit the client or alleviate any stresses that make life extremely strenuous. In filicide murders “a father killing a son was the most likely (29.5 percent of cases), a mother killing a son (22.1 percent) follows. A mother was slightly more likely to kill a daughter (19.7 percent of cases) than a father was (18.1 percent)” (Brown University, 2014). After the crime of filicide has been committed a social worker would only be able to work with a client that has not been convicted due to mental insanity. A social worker would work with them in regards to their mental health through counseling and helping them adjust in society. Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson in Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives discuss the psychopathology theory that reveals “certain individuals suffer from mental illness, personality disorders, and other dysfunctions that cause them to engage in aggressive acts within the family. This mental disorder, or illness, causes the individuals to react violently within the family” (p. 11). A social worker would be able to relate the psychopathology theory to motivation of why a parent would commit …show more content…
A social worker could advocate educating individual about filicide to change the stigma about it so that people who experience thoughts about it seek help before it is too late. Starting a new group of activist could also happen at the macro level. A social worker could even advocate that parents with mental disorders have to have a court appointed social worker to monitor the wellbeing of their children. While it could come off as extreme it is the social workers jobs to seek justice for all including children who cannot think or act on their own. In doing so social worker would be able to provide interventions when require and establish a relationship with parents making it easier to identify what children could be at

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