Parents Who Killed for Their Children

Right or wrong, these moms and dads fought to make sure their kids were out of harm's way

What would you do if you felt your child's life or well-being was on the line? Parents are forced to make hard decisions every day, and none harder than choices that have to do with their children's safety. From cases involving abuse to kidnapping, these eight mothers and fathers said they killed to protect their kids.

Widowed Mom Shoots Intruder

A week after her husband passed away from cancer, two men armed with hunting knives tried to break into 18-year-old Sarah McKinley’s home where she was alone with her newborn son. Mckinley (pictured) told ABCNews.com that she got on the phone with a 9-1-1 dispatcher, asking if she could shoot them if they succeeded at kicking in the door. "I can't tell you that you can do that, but you do what you have to do to protect your baby," the operator said. The men did break in, and McKinley fired her pistol, killing the 24-year-old intruder. “I wouldn’t have done it, but it was my son,” she said. “There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”

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