Case report: repeated neonaticides in Hokkaido

Masato Funayama, Takuya Ikeda, Noriko Tabata, Jun Ichi Azumi, Masahiko Morita

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Five cases of repeated neonaticides were reported in Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, during the 10 years from 1983 to 1992. Four or more neonates were involved in each case by each mother. All the suspected mothers were not mentally ill. Two of them were single and the rest were married. Each husband was not aware of the pregnancy of his wife, because he was away from home very often. The main motive of murder seemed to be economic and/or to save appearances. Sentences were 1 year penal servitude with a stay of 3 years for one case, but 30-42 months in prison for the other four cases. We rarely find reports of repeated infanticides committed by the same mother in European countries and the United States.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-150
Number of pages4
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Infanticide
  • Newborn infant
  • Repeated neonaticides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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