Parents Murdering Their Children: Is there a penalty stiff enough?

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  1. profile image53
    Kiki 1012posted 7 years ago

    What is the wirld coming to!!?  There is not a day that goes by now that a child isn't harmed by their parent.  How can our children feel safe when the ones who are suppose to protect them and keep them safe are the ones that's hurting them.  I don't think there is a punishment great enough for someone who would harm an innocent child, i feel you really just have to be a heartless person to do that type of evil.

    1. Repairguy47 profile image60
      Repairguy47posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I can come up with various ways to punish them, hell would be the place they would beg to go.

  2. knolyourself profile image62
    knolyourselfposted 7 years ago

    Hell is not punishment enough.

  3. Hollie Thomas profile image60
    Hollie Thomasposted 7 years ago

    There isn't a more heinous crime. I don't know what should be done with child murderers, no punishment seems enough.

    1. profile image53
      Kiki 1012posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I agree.

  4. recommend1 profile image67
    recommend1posted 7 years ago

    Parents who harm their own children are sick, not evil, and should be treated as such.

    Harming any child is a symptom of something deeply damaged within the parent. The apparent increase in such cases is likely a direct result of the increase in impossible stresses on people both financially and from living in an uncaring society.

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yep, but most people Rec1, are able to deal with social change, inequality, indeed social cruelty, without resorting to murdering a child. I agree, that an individual who murders their child is sick, I disagree regarding the reasons. I would be more inclined to look to their own past. The problem, for me at least, is how they are dealt with in society. If you were a Probation Officer, working with a child murderer who was on life licence-how would you protect children?

    2. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I do not find that to be always true, although insanity or crazy religious beliefs can and does play a part in a large number.

      Not from from me, a 9 year old boy was systematically tortured over a period of weeks to months by the boyfriend of the mother.  Typical punishment included requiring the child to lay spread eagled on the floor while the 200 pound man "dropped a knee"; dropped his full weight onto one knee into the boys abdomen.  The child suffered such a range of internal injuries that he eventually couldn't walk, was drug to a nearby irrigation canal where the boys pockets were filled with rocks and he was thrown in.  To this day the coroner doesn't know if he drowned or was already dead, but it doesn't matter (except to wonder what that little boy was thinking as boyfriend stuffed his pockets with rocks at the side of the canal).

      That man isn't sick, isn't even particularly evil.  Just totally amoral - he has no concept of common morals at all.  Other people are just toys and tools to be used and discarded as they become unfit to provide pleasure for him, as they can no longer react to the pain he inflicts.  As Kiki says, there is no "heart" in him.

      The best that society can do to protect itself from the likes of those creatures is to quickly and, as humanely as possible, dispose of him.

  5. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 7 years ago

    I believe that many people should not be parents at all.   Many people have children because of societal, parental, religious, and other familial pressure.   Only a minute percentatge of people actually want children.   

    I believe that parenthood is a sacred duty not to enter into lightly.     People should think long and hard because they decide to bring a beautiful and precious life into this world.    Many people treat parenthood as just a fancy, not something to be taken seriously.   Until parenthood is undertaken with sacredness , responsbility, forethought, and love, our precious children will suffer as a result. 

    Furthermore, I must add that many parents do not view their children as individuals, but as appendages to treat as they will.   This atavistic notion of parenthood must cease.   The intelligent and enlightened parents know that their children are beautiful individuals in their own right who are to be treated with the utmost in human dignity.

  6. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 7 years ago

    Let me add- there is a penalty for such parents- HELL!

  7. IzzyM profile image89
    IzzyMposted 7 years ago

    There are very few cases of parents murdering their own children.

    There are a thousand times more case of the mother's boyfriend murdering the children.

    That said, I'd side with recommend1 here. Anyone who kills their own child has got to be ill in the head.

    And, you know, it doesn't much matter what society does to them afterwards, because no-one grieves a child like a parent.

    At some point in their lives or their illness, it is going to dawn on them the enormity of their actions, and they still have to live through it. The pain must be unbearable!

    I think it wise that society makes sure they can never again have more children, but there is no punishment that can be greater than what they will suffer when they realise what they have done.


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