When parents kill their own children

In 2006, ten-year-olds were killed Bobby, through repeated torture-like beatings, by his mother and stepfather before he was sunk in a lake outside Jönköping. In 2014, a father threw his nine-month-old daughter to death in Dalby quarry.

These are two of several felicide cases – when parents take the lives of their own children – that have shaken Sweden over the years.

How common is filicide?

But filicide is still uncommon mean Bo Runeson, professor and chief physician at Karolinska Institutet, who co-authored a study on the subject.

– It is very rare. In Sweden, if you look back from the 1970s until a bit into the 2000s, we could in a study identify 4-5 filicides per year, he says to News24 and continues:

Photo: Hasse Holmberg / TT

– In some cases, two children had been killed by the same parent.

Which parents kill their own children?

When it turns out that a parent has committed suicide, many ask themselves the question of who can take the life of their own child. Among these individuals, there are both differences and clear common factors.

– According to our study, it was just as common for mothers as fathers to kill their child, Runeson states and continues:

– The parent often had a previously known psychiatric problem and had been cared for in a psychiatric clinic at some point before with depression, psychosis or personality disorder.

Photo: Johan Nilsson / TT

Furthermore, Runeson states that some researchers have claimed that children with stepparents are at a slightly greater risk of being affected, but that the research findings are disputed.

Filicide and suicide – is there a connection?

In it study as Runeson was involved in and published, it appeared that the parent, in 40 percent of the felicity cases, chose to take his own life after murdering his or her children.

Are there any warning signs before committing suicide?

Of course, preventing parents from committing suicide is of the utmost importance, but there are no clear warning signs and it is difficult to prevent these unusual cases, Runeson says.

– Some of the perpetrators in our study had thus had mental problems, some had in a previous context tried to take their lives, he says and continues:

– But it needs to be said: extremely few with the mental illnesses that we mentioned harm their children, so it is not a useful warning sign.

You can turn here with suicidal thoughts

In case of emergency or suicidal ideation, call 112.

On-call fellow human being on telephone 08-702 16 80.

Mind The Suicide Line, chat via mind.se or on telephone 90101.

Suicidezero, facts and advice.

Source: nyheter24.se by nyheter24.se.

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