Filicide Law and Legal Definition

Filicide is the deliberate act of a parent killing their own son or daughter. It can also refer to the parent who kills a son or daughter. The word filicide comes from the Latin words filius meaning son or filia meaning daughter and cide meaning to kill, murder, or cause death. Killing a daughter who has disgraced the family is a common occurrence in some cultures.

The following is an example of a caselaw on Filicide:

"Filicide" is "what researchers call the phenomenon of parents that kill their children." "Mothers are [statistically] more likely to kill their children than fathers" and that there are many "different motives or causes behind why parents may kill their children," including when discipline goes ary. [Gallo v. State, 239 S.W.3d 757, 766 (Tex. Crim. App. 2007)]