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When asked, in an interview with CNN, what prompted her to write her first book, "Why Kids Kill Parents: Child Abuse and Adolescent Parricide", Kathleen Heide, a professor of criminology at the University of South Florida, Tampa, responded by saying that she was inspired to after receiving a phone call from "a good kid" who killed his mother and father. The child’s parents were alcoholics who abused him for several years and despite having three petitions for abuse filed against them by the state social service agency and the courts establishing that they were in fact abusing the child, they still maintained custody of him. Nine months after the social service agency no longer supervised them, the child murdered his parents. During the phone call, the boy told Heide that someone had to “tell the story” about kids like him. The term parricide technically …show more content…
In her article, Turning the Tables: Redefining Self-Defense Theory for Children Who Kill Abusive Parents, Jennifer R. James, an Attending Neonatologist, maintains that there are three main reasons a child commits parricide. “(1) the severely abused child who is pushed beyond his or her limits, (2) the severely mentally ill child, and (3) the dangerously antisocial child” (393). Likewise, the authors of “Factors of Parricide: Allowance of the Use of Battered Child Syndrome as a Defense”, Jessica L. Hart and Jeffrey L. Helms, support James claim that abuse is one the major factors people commit parricide but, they argue that “It is rare that adult offenders kill a parent in retaliation of abuse. Adults usually have the resources and choices that allow them to leave a situation that they do not

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