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
“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
Texas Mom, Boyfriend Tie Up and Waterboard Her Son for Allegedly Molesting Family Dog
Dad Forces Toddler Son to Kneel on Legos Until He Bleeds
Three-Year-Old Girl Living in Filthy Apartment Tells Cops: “I Need a Beer”
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
Wisconsin Child Hospitalized After Chowing Down on Pot Candies
Stepdad Dismisses Racial Slurs as “Girl Drama”
Soccer Mom Steals Small Fortune From Youth Sports Club
Dad Attacks Police Officer Attempting to Ticket His Son