Psychologist: Children Killing Parents Is Rare Type Of Murder

For the second time this week, an adult child has been charged with killing her own parent.

Inside a home on Belvoir Highway in Pitt County, 44-year old Brittina McDonald rented a room and was seen frequently, caring for her two young grandchildren. McDonald's daughter, 23-year-old Nicole Chandler is accused of stabbing her mother in the chest Tuesday night with a kitchen knife. Pitt County authorities say the 2 women argued, but don't know the nature of it.

This comes a day after, 25 year old Kevin Kleber, of Greenville was charged with shooting his father last month. It's been four months since 41-year-old Gary Upton, Jr. of Washington was charged with shooting his father to death.

We talked to a psychology professor about the prevalence of children killing their parents.

"There's a little bit of research, but there isn't a lot of research as you think, because, killing a parent is relatively uncommon compared all the homicides." said Michael Brown, PhD

Chandler is in jail under a $1million bond and due to the nature of her crime, authorities say she's under suicide watch.


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  • by joe Location: washington on Feb 28, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    Thanks Psychologist for letting me know this is rare. I would have never guessed that. How many years of study did it take to find out?
  • by Wilma Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    Claiming this to be some sort of psychological disorder is a copout. It's an excuse. I've read about teenagers killing their parents because they couldn't play their Xbox "Halo" game. Kids killing their parents because "the rules are too strict". Kids killing parents because "they didn't get the brand new SUV they had asked for". This country has accepted excuses and lack of accountability, and i'm sick of it. What kind of individual would kill their own flesh in blood, their parents? I'd say this is insane, but they will plead insanity anyways. The family as we knew it years ago, is a thing of the past, and that is sad. I can only hope that these individuals that killed their parents get what they deserve, and i'm not talking jail time. They need to be eliminated so other good people don't have to breathe the same air that these demented murders do.
  • by HUH?/ on Feb 24, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    hmmmmmmmm, so killing your parents is a rare type of MURDER??? Geesh and all this time I just thought it was a rare death from natural causes. Thank God for government studies, we'd be lost without them.
  • by Marvin Gaye on Feb 24, 2011 at 04:24 AM
    Marvin Gaye was killed by his daddy because he wouldn't give him a check for a bottle of wine and a pack of cigarettes and a ....
  • by gimmeabreak on Feb 24, 2011 at 04:07 AM
    In some communities/cultures, it is so common to not know your parents that it only seems like it doesn't happen. In those same communities/cultures, they are so busy killing each other they don't distinguish parental relationships.
  • by B Location: NC on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    It's not rare in the White community.
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