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Filicide: In the mind of deadly parents

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Aaron Schaffhausen admitted to killing his three daughters at their River Falls,. Wis. home Aaron Schaffhausen admitted to killing his three daughters at their River Falls,. Wis. home
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Filicide, or the murder of one's children, while an unthinkable crime by most people, is seen in many countries around the world and in every social class.

So many people believe that a parent who kills their child must be "crazy."

The truth, according to doctors, is that mental illness plays an insignificant role in most of these types of murders.

About 250 to 300 children are slain by their parents each year in the U.S., crime experts estimate.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 63 percent of all children under age 5 who were slain from 1980 through 2008 were killed by a parent.

Although every case is unique, experts say that most parents who kill their children are driven by a group of defined motives.

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