2008 09 11
Guelph, Ont., woman, 27, convicted of infanticide in deaths of infant sons
By Tamara King, The Canadian Press
GUELPH, Ont. – A 27-year-old woman from Guelph, Ont., facing first-degree murder charges in the suffocation deaths of two of her infant sons, was instead convicted Thursday of the rare crime of infanticide.
The woman – who cannot be identified because she was 17 at the time of her first son’s death – had admitted to police that she smothered the two babies, using blankets and plastic baby carriage covers.
The boys were born four years apart to different fathers….(Full Story)
Regardless of what she pleads guilty to or not, the woman will most likely not go to jail. My bet is that at worst she will receive a conditional sentence that will order her to attend counselling to help her get over the trauma caused to her by what she did by murdering her children on two separate occasions, two years apart, and after having made at least one prior attempt at murdering children of hers.
The judge in the case already provided all of the rationalizing required to justify whatever nominal sentence he will impose.
Other than that, “the rare crime of infanticide” is not all that rare but rather a very common one. What is rare is that a Canadian woman got charged with the crime of infanticide. After all Canadian women can and do commit murder with impunity.
Here is a bit of background on the history and circumstances of infanticide, based on comments made by Patricia Pearson, in her book, When She Was Bad…: Violent Women and the Myth of Innocence.