The Craziest, Nuttiest, Just Plain Worst Parents Of 2017

As all moms and dads know, parenting is a year-round job sans vacations. Unfortunately, some parents seem to be a lot better at the gig than others, as this list of truly heinous, careless, or just plain brainless parental unit behavior will confirm. Who knew there were so many shockingly bad parents out there? These moms and dads can form a super villain team with 2017’s worst parents.

So, the next time you’re feeling squidgy about your own bad parenting (you know, like letting your rugrat play Minecraft for five hours straight), feel free to refer to these utter parenting fails to absolve yourself of guilt. Vote up the ones that you think are the best examples of awful parenting that helped you feel better about your own parenting. Seriously, these have got to be the worst parents to date!

Florida Mom Used Baby as a Weapon to Beat Boyfriend

In July, an 18-year-old Daytona Beach woman was arrested for using her six-month-old baby “like a bat” to batter her boyfriend. According to witnesses, Tatyana Allen got angry when her baby daddy refused to walk her to the bathroom. Instead of using her words (or even her own fists) to make her disappointment clear, she grabbed her child and swung him repeatedly at the man. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Allen was booked on charges of battery and infliction of physical/mental injury on a child

“Pure Evil” Stepmom Kills Her Husband’s Son in a Scalding Bath

25-year-old Anna Ritchie was indicted on charges of murder, assault, and endangering a child, for putting her four-year-old stepson in a scalding hot bath. Apparently trying to punish the boy, and not wanting to be a stepmother in the first place, she held him down in the bath for 20 minutes, then sent him to bed. She ignored his screams in the night, and ordered her husband to do the same. The father finally check on the boy in the morning and found him dead. The boy’s grandmother described Ritchie as “pure evil.”

Florida Mom Leaves Children in Car, Six-Year-Old Son Beats Newborn Daughter to Death

“It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gulatieri upon finding a 13-day-old girl beaten to death by her six-year-old brother when the two were left in a car (with their three-year-old brother) by mother Kathleen Steele. The incident took place in August 2016, and resulted in charges of aggravated manslaughter and neglect for Steele.

The 62-year-old Steele gave birth to her first child at age 56 and, after her husband died of cancer, used his frozen sperm to have two more children. Ten days previous to the baby’s death, Steele was investigated by child services after taking the newborn to the hospital with a brain bleed, which resulted from Steele dropping the child on her head while running down stairs away from a fire.

The six-year-old claims he was attempting to stop his sister from crying. According to a report on the incident from CBS News, “…deputies said the boy later used a doll to show how he repeatedly slammed the infant’s head into the minivan’s ceiling, dropping her on the floor, flipping her over and pummeling her.”

Miami Mom Leaves Young Daughter in Burning Building

When 32-year-old Erica Rosello’s Miami condo unit caught on fire, her neighbors found her outside – ignoring her five-year-old daughter’s screams for help. By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, smashed open the child’s bedroom window, and carried her to safety, Rosello had fled the scene. The girl, who had fallen unconscious at the time of rescue, was hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation. Rosello reportedly has previous arrests for neglect and drunk driving on her record. 

Texas Mom, Boyfriend Tie Up and Waterboard Her Son for Allegedly Molesting Family Dog

When a Kemp, Texas, youngster admitted to his mother’s boyfriend that he’d “inappropriately touched” the family dog, his punishment was swift and severe. Casey Shackleford and the boy’s mom, Christi Howell, pinned the boy down, put a towel over his face, and poured cold water over it. They followed this by tying his genitals and neck with a “pig rope” and pulling him around the room. The child, whose age was specified only as “under 14,” told investigators his mother had abused him with a stick in the past. 

Dad Forces Toddler Son to Kneel on Legos Until He Bleeds

Brooklyn’s Leonardo Decouite, 22, was arrested for a string of particularly heinous abusive acts to his three-year-old son, including forcing the child to kneel on Lego pieces until he bled. Police say Decouite also beat his son with a wire, burned his feet, and shot him with a pellet gun, resulting in four counts of felony assault.

Three-Year-Old Girl Living in Filthy Apartment Tells Cops: “I Need a Beer”

The conditions under which this Lubbock, Texas, toddler was living were so atrocious – bedbugs, cockroaches, moldy dishes, and general filth – that the three-year-old told police, “I need a beer,” when they arrived to investigate a neighbor’s complaint. The child needed more than a drink: she was found roaming her apartment complex barefoot and dirty. The girl’s mother, 42-year-old Sandra Bennett, was charged with abandoning and endangering her child. 

Japanese Dad Kills His Son for Failing a Test

In August 2016, 48-year-old Kengo Satake stabbed his son, Ryota, to death with a kitchen knife after the boy failed a school entrance exam. Satake claimed the murder was an accident, though admitted to having argued many times before with his 12-year-old son about his studying habits.

Ryota was taking exams to hopefully place in a top private school in the Aichi prefecture, where the family lived. The region is in central Honshu, between Tokyo and Osaka. Satake’s wife, the boy’s mother, was at work at the time of the stabbing. Ryota lived long enough to be taken to the hospital, where he bled to death.

Japanese Parents Leave Son in Woods as Punishment

Takayuki Tanooka and his wife left their seven-year-old son in a remote part of the woods near Shikabe, Japan to teach him a lesson about being naughty. When the boy inevitably got lost, rescuers searched with little hope of finding him. Thankfully he managed to wander to safety after days alone.

“My excessive act forced my son to have a painful time,” Tanooka said. (No duh.) “I deeply apologize to people at his school, people in the rescue operation, and everybody for causing them trouble. I have poured all my love into my son, but from now on, I would want to do more, together with him. I would like to protect him while he grows up.” Here’s hoping he does a better job in the future.

North Carolina Mom and Son Put the “D” in Related

North Carolina woman Melissa Kitchens took MILF to Level 1000 when she rode her son’s D train all the way to the station. Kitchens and son Shaun Pfeiffer are residents of artistic enclave Ashville, NC, and were arrested on September 12, 2016 on felony incest charges after they were caught fornicating.

The strange case of a ship attempting to return to its port of departure got very weird on Facebook, where Melissa wrote a rambling, desperate, emotional comment on a photo of Shaun and his son.

Can’t get over How Handsome You Are and I’m about to Cry…. You Both Are Precious.Tell him Nana Missy Luvs Him&Give him a Kiss for Me…… You’ve Got a Heart of Gold— Never Let Anyone Hurt You&&&&…. Love this Pic… I’m looking for Your Dads Side, Michelle Pfeiffer is One of Them…… Miss People asking me— Are u Related to Michelle Pfeiffer…. Lol… Just trying To Brighten The Mood—- Things are Very Stressful and I Love You and I Respect Any Decision— As Long as your Happy and Safe………. I miss you& wish I had more time w you…… Your Very Valuable and Hopefully The Stresses—- Will get better&&&&& You Have A Precious Son—– I Love You Shaun and Hoping Life Can Give Mom a Break and You………..

It’s unclear whether life gave mom a break, but Shaun certainly gave her something. In March 2016, months before the arrest, Melissa posted the following inspirational quote on Facebook: “All a girl really wants is for one guy to prove to her that they are not all the same.” Indeed, they’re not all your son.

Parents Trample Kids for Candy at PEZ Easter Egg Hunt

Jesus may be the reason for the Easter season, but for parents at the annual Easter egg hunt at the PEZ visitors center in Connecticut, the real focus was on the candy. In 2016, adults at the supposedly kid-friendly event ignored rules for hunt start times and turned the whole thing into a “mess.” According to PEZ’s Facebook, “The crowd moved to the second field, waited for only a couple of minutes and proceeded to rush the field without being directed to do so and before the posted start time.”

According to some visitors, young kids ended up bruised and bloodied from the stampeding crowd. The ones who managed to make it out unharmed had to deal with broken Easter baskets and stolen candy.

Mom Drives Around With Teenage Daughter on the Hood of Her Car

A 33-year-old Ohio mom allowed her 15-year-old daughter to ride on the hood of her car while she drove around the neighborhood at a speeds of around 20 miles per hour. The girl was severely injured when she fell off; Mom now faces charges of endangering children and reckless operation.  

Wisconsin Child Hospitalized After Chowing Down on Pot Candies

A three-year-old from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was rushed to the emergency room due to a mysterious ailment: when the child became barely responsive during a birthday party, the parents “didn’t know what was wrong with the kid,” according to authorities. However – after discovering that the supply of THC-laced candies they’d been using during the party had disappeared, they miraculously figured out what happened! The father was arrested on a charge of child neglect causing bodily harm. 

Stepdad Dismisses Racial Slurs as “Girl Drama”

When 18-year-old Hayleigh Blevins of Kentucky allegedly decided to smash a biracial classmate’s car with a pole attached to a Confederate flag – as well as scream racial slurs at her –  the teenager’s stepfather blew off the incident by telling local news it was “not about race, just teenage girl drama.” Blevins was arrested for the incident, which is under investigation. 

Soccer Mom Steals Small Fortune From Youth Sports Club

California mom Laura Zellerbach served as the treasurer for a local youth soccer club from 2012-2014. According to police detectives, during those two short years, she managed to embezzle “funds in excess of $ 174,000.00” from the organization. Not good sportsmanship. 

Dad Attacks Police Officer Attempting to Ticket His Son

California dad Darryl Headrick clearly doesn’t like anyone messing with his kid: While taking a bike ride one night, Headrick’s 23-year-son Darryl was stopped for a violation. The elder Headrick, who was biking along with his son, came up behind the cop and hit him in the head. Both men then beat the officer before fleeing on their bikes. The pair were picked up and arrested shortly after.