Is a child more likely to be a victim of Maternal Filicide? … “It not as rare a crime as you may think.”

I am not passing judgment on Casey Anthony; I am showing proof that Maternal Filicide is not as rare a crime as one would think.”

….from July 2008 to today, their have been, but not limited to, I found 20 cases, where a mother is charged with the death of their child. The charges vary, and the cause of death varies.  I did not follow each link to see the verdicts in these cases; some are too new to adjudicated yet.

I did a Google search using these words – “Mother is Charged in Death” the result is 2,810,000 entries – for mother is charged with death.

I do not recall any of these cases receiving the amount of coverage that the Anthony case has.  I know the Parents are on their own mission.  IMO-Orlando is a city that is in shadows of Atlanta and Miami. The TV stations here report every thing from a Dog Park violation to this, murder of a child.

The missing children reports in the state of Florida are high, the crime rates are above most, and our city is a mix of residents, tourists, convention events.  I have lived in Los Angeles, Dallas, Burlington VT, and Cape Cod MA…  Orlando is one of the only places I have observed such a large difference between the haves and the have not’s, with in the same zip code.

The city and the County that blankets it, is also still physically segregated.  In this economy, I have yet to turn on the news without hearing about someone who has just committed a crime on a person, usually a family member or someone with in his or her own extended family.  The violence at the hands of someone unknown to the victim is less than hand of the violence caused by a familiar person to the victim.

Why Florida is in the spotlight?  Why are there so many incidents of violence and kidnapping here with in the sun line coastlines of the Florida peninsula?  Maybe some one can figure this out a get back to me.
the list of stories from around the US,  all taken place in the last 11.5 mos….

February 2008,-  Ms. Markum  has been charged in the death of two of her children in a traffic crash.

July 16, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, Casey Marie Anthony, arrested July 16, 2008 for giving false statements, neglect of a child, and obstruction of a criminal investigation with a request that she be held on a no bond status until Caylee Anthony was located.

July 30, 2008  – Amber McIntyre-Roden, 23, who was  charged with felony murder in the death of her 2-month-old daughter.  [only 1,850 for Amber McIntyre-Roden articles].

August 29, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, Casey Marie Anthony arrested on charges of forgery, fraudulent use of personal information, and petty theft for forging $700 worth of checks and using her friend’s credit cards without permission.

Sept.  30, 2008 – Christie Michelle Scott, 30, mother of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in a house fire in August has been indicted on capital murder charges in Franklin County.

October 14, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, Casey Marie Anthony, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder.

October 21, 2008 – Orlando, Florida, Casey Marie Anthony, the charges of child neglect were dropped against Casey. In a statement that morning, the State Attorney’s Office explained: “The neglect charges were premised on the theory that her child, Caylee Marie, was still alive.

Oct 27,  2008 – Mother charged in the beating death of her 11-year old daughter in Brooklyn

Nov 21,  2008 – North Union mother charged in 2000 death of newborn

Dec 18,  2008 Mother Charged In Death Of Baby Found In Trash

Dec 28,  2008 – A Staten Island mother was charged today with manslaughter in the death of her 10-year-old son

 

Jan. 10, 2009 – Banita Jacks, 33, is charged with three counts of felony murder and one count of first-degree murder while armed.  The victims, who range in age from 5 to 17 years, are thought to be her daughters. Their bodies were found when U.S. marshals served an eviction notice at Jacks’ apartment in southeast Washington, D.C.

 

Jan 19,  2009 – Mother charged in ’06 starvation death of 7-month-old daughter

Jan 21,  2009 – Mother charged in Garner toddler’s death

Feb  9,   2009 – TX Mother Charged in Diabetic Girl’s Death

April 16, 2009 Mother Kathleen Gilderdale, 54, charged over death  of Lynn Gilderdale, who was handicap, was found dead at her home.

Apr 24, 2009 – Mother charged in death of quadriplegic girl

Apr 25, 2009 – Mother’s Boyfriend Charged In Death Of Toddler

April 27, 2009 – Stacey Barker, 24, was charged with one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse in the death of Emma Leigh Barker.

May 6, 2009  – Joanna Faucett  24,  faces second-degree murder charges in the death of her 1-month-old daughter.

 

May 9, 2009 – Volusia County  Mother Charged In Baby’s Death.

May 11, 2009  – Ariel Hampton Centerfields, UT., charged  with a first-degree felony child abuse homicide in the death of her two-year old daughter. 

May 12, 2009 Jessica Minor, Montrose, Pa.,  charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment.  She is accused of alcohol poisoning death of her 6-month-old baby.

Mar 12, 2009 – Mother, Lola Lieb charged in baby’s death. Medical examiner found methadone.

 

May 12,2009 – Amber Zuke is charged with the death of her special needs son.

 

May 13, 2009 – Angela Garcia is charged with Chemical Endangerment of a child, a class “A” felony.

May 21, 2009 –  Tiffany Toribio, 23, Albuquerque, N. M., is charged Monday with an open count of murder, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with evidence, failure to report a death and concealing her identity.

May 24, 2009  – Amanda Jo Stott-Smith, 31, Portland, Ore. was taken into custody. Stott-Smith faces aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder charges. She is to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon after she had threatened to jump off a ledge when officers arrived, police said. Stott-Smith filed for separation from her husband, Jason Smith, in March, according to Washington County Circuit Court records. The parents had joint custody of the children, Marshman said.

May 31st 2009 – Amanda Brumfield of Ocoee , FL was charged with child neglect in the death of a 1-year-old she was babysitting [ although this is not the mother of the child, the fact that the person tried to hide the fact that the baby had fallen.  What is unknown is if the child fell during Brumfield’s care, or prior to Brumfields arrival.

Jun 5, 2009 – Lori Beth Workman, 25, Uniontown, PA., is accused of beating the boy with a piece of crib when he would not stop crying.  On September 22, 2008,  Homer’s parents called 911 saying the baby was unresponsive. Paramedics found the baby’s body on the couch.

 

June 2, 2009 – Nekela Oliver, a mother 3-year-old girl beaten to death is behind bars in connection with her daughter’s murder. According to a police affidavit,  23-year-old Antonio Starks admitted to spanking the little girl three times, with a belt, because she used the bathroom on herself and him.

 

June 10, 2009  – Araceli Velasquez-Espain, 21, Hermiston, OR.,  was arrested Monday on charges of aggravated murder, which potentially carries the death penalty; murder; first-degree manslaughter; second-degree corpse abuse; and criminal mistreatment. She is being held in the Umatilla County Jail on a federal immigration hold.

June 17, 2009 – Shaquana Bennett, Brooklyn, NY.  was taken into police custody and charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.  The medical examiner’s office says “Tuquan Bennett-Shuler was smothered.”

Updated- 5:30 5.29.2009

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diana
    May 20, 2009 @ 22:25:01

    and your point is???

  2. Diana
    May 21, 2009 @ 09:27:28

    no……I just asked because there was no replies to your blog……..and it looked like some work went into it. That’s all.

    • Finn Perkins
      May 21, 2009 @ 17:09:59

      Thanks. I started blogging about the election for 2008, But as the case was being air day to day I noticed, very few stories offered both sides of the story within the same segment, the media would cover one side, then the other , usually days apart.

      I am sad that is this occurs at all, but because it does, I think that the local media here in Orlando, and the 4 TV stations that feed segments to their national affiliates and cable networks, do not offer any thing that allows us any insight into the WHY. They spend so much time telling how, and who.

      I feel like every story listed here, the mothers never ever thought they would be apart of this macabre sorority of woman.

  3. Boston
    May 22, 2009 @ 08:50:56

    What separates them? Sorry, I hit the send buttom a little to fast.

    • Finn Perkins
      May 22, 2009 @ 10:17:47

      nothing. I just wanted readers to know that this issue is not rare. and that Casey is like the others in lot of ways. I just haven’t gotten any clues as to why yet.

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