First Advisor

McGrath, Jack

Thesis Committee Member(s)

De Angelis, Joseph

College

College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Criminology

School

School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

47 pages

Abstract

Fetal abduction is a crime in which a perpetrator forcibly takes an unborn baby from the womb of another woman. The act is always done without the permission of the pregnant woman, is always violent, and is often deadly for the mother or baby, or both. Based upon available data, the crime of fetal abduction is rare and relatively new, but publicized incidences in the United States of America are growing, which raises the question, "Why?" In order to answer that and other questions surrounding fetal abduction it is necessary to know more about the crime and the criminals. This research study involved the compilation of information about fetal abductors, drawing primarily from news stories. The data were used to explore characteristics, methodologies, and motivations common to fetal abductors and the crime of fetal abduction. The data were also used to determine if Agnew's General Strain Theory can be used as a framework for explaining the motivations of fetal abductors.

Date of Award

Fall 2012

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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