The 20 Absolute Worst Parents of 2012 Anything
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The 20 Absolute Worst Parents of 2012

Parenthood is not easy. Bad parenting, however, appears to be quite simple if the bad dads and moms of 2012 are an accurate example of parents this year.

From parents who have more children that they can possibly handle (one, for most of them), to cruel and bizarre punishments, to downright lack of care for children whose lives they've been charged with, these are the most awful parents from around the world in 2012. Just 2012. And in case you're wondering, this isn't even a full recollection of the gross neglect of people who have sex with their kids or put them in microwaves or drown them in the tub; these are just the bizarre and unbelievable examples of the worst parents of the year (since our last list of The 10 Absolute Worst Parents of 2012 (So Far) was published).

Be aware that child abuse is unsettling, and this is a list of bad parents that have engaged in the worst of the worst behavior so while seeing some of these instances might assuage you of some of the guilt you feel for spanking your child this morning, there's also a lot of mentally jarring images and accounts on this list of awful people.

Who are the worst parents of 2012? Read here and find out.

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    3-Year-Old Freezes to Death in Alaska in Sub-Zero Weather

    NEWSFLASH: It's freaking cold in Alaska!

    And now, the rest of the story.

    Esther Edwards-Gust, a 28-year-old school teacher and her boyfriend, Richard Tilden, Jr, 29, locked the woman's two children (ages one and three) in a bedroom because the two had wet the bed. The boyfriend, knowing full well the room could not be opened from the inside, opened a window and left the girls trapped in the room overnight exposed to temperatures that closed in on 30 degrees below zero. 

    Now remember, as we learned at the start of the story, it's freaking cold in Alaska. Not surprisingly, taking that into account, the two girls suffered from intense exposure and while the younger girl made it through her bout with extreme hypothermia, her older sister did not survive the ordeal. 

    Source: Huffington Post

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    9-Year-Old Made to Run Until She Died

    Jessica Hardin and Joyce Hardin Garrard are awful people.

    The 27-year-old stepmother and 46-year-old grandmother of Savannah Hardin did not take kindly to the fact that the 9-year-old girl, charged to the pair while her father was overseas, ate some candy bars and lied about it. 

    Instead of putting her on a time out in the corner, they sent the girl to run around the property adjacent to their trailer in Attalla, AL for an indeterminate period of time. After about three hours, the girl collapsed into a fit of seizures, and was hospitalized with severe dehydration.

    Savannah died in a Birmingham hospital on a Monday, the stepmother and grandmother were arrested two days later on Wednesday, and shortly after being taken into custody, Jessica Hardin gave birth to another child. Circle of awful parenting.

    Source: NY Daily News

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    Boy Mauled to Death at Zoo After Mother Puts Him on Railing for Better View

    Admittedly, there are a lot of jerks who die/get seriously injured at the zoo (look, we did a whole article about it) but it's always sad when idiots get their kids involved in their careless activities.

    This November, at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, a mother took her 2-year-old to see the wild African painted dogs, and stood him up on an inclined railing to see the dogs below. The incline was designed to slope backwards, so that if a child does manage to scale the 4-foot wooden barrier around the viewing area of the dog pit they're more likely to fall backward than forward. Sadly, this child went head-first into the dog pit, first settling into a safety net below the wall, then bouncing another 11 feet into an enclosure where 11 of the dogs were waiting. 

    Zoo officials responded immediately and tried to disperse the pack of dogs from the child, but several lingered and one was fatally shot when it failed to cease its aggressive response to the boy's presence. Medical examiners' reports note that the boy survived the fall, but not the dogs. 

    Source: Chicagoist

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    Child Kept in Chicken Coop and Disciplined Using Shock Collar

    When you've only had experience raising three boys, it can come as a bit of a shock to a couple to have to deal with raising a girl, especially when she's the youngest of the four children. Most parents learn as they go or consult other parents for advice; Diana and Samuel Franklin decided anything but outfitting their 15-year-old daughter with a shock collar and keeping her alternately in an old outhouse and a chicken coop as punishment was the only way to go.

    Neighbors complained to authorities in Butler, GA, saying they knew the girl was being abused. Police agreed and arrested the girl's parents and charged them with 20 counts of first-degree cruelty to children and 12 counts of false imprisonment.

    No word on whether they enjoyed the irony of themselves being locked up in a small cell as punishment.

    Source: Huffington Post

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    Couple Leaves Dead Baby in Freezer After They Move Out

    When parents get up in arms about their children being taught sex education at earlier and earlier ages, this is the kind of story they need to read to remind them to shut their pie holes and let the nice teachers tell their kids how babies are made. 

    Kenisha Pruitt, 20, and Antonio Cervantes, 18, were moving out of their Toledo, Ohio apartment under the assumption they had packed everything up with care.

    Dishes: check.
    TV: check.
    Clothing: check.
    Dead baby: nope.

    Friends recalled that at some point in November last year Pruitt had been pregnant with ANOTHER of Cervantes' children (the first one was 14-months-old at the time of this incident) but no one could remember her having the child and there was no birth on record. Turns out that Pruitt did have a baby girl, but for some reason did not do so in a hospital or attempt to record the birth, and at some point put the dead body of the child in the freezer where it remained until the landlord did a sweep of the apartment after the couple moved out and reported the death to authorities. 

    Source: Daily Mail

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    Couple Runs Strip Club in Home Full of Foster Children

    If you've ever been to Los Angeles, you might have noted that there are PLENTY of strip clubs, topless bars, and the like to keep the attention of even the most perverted tourist. Crazy Girls, The Seventh Veil, Girls, Girls, Girls; they're all open most of the day and ready to take your money. You've heard of them through song and story, but one you probably haven't heard of is "Exotic Zone" in Riverside County. Why haven't you heard of it?

    Because it's the bottom level of Gregory and LaQuron Lacy's house where seven foster children lived.

    No joke, the couple converted the bottom level of their two-story home into a strip club complete with a platform, pole, and a private room for patrons. Police discovered the establishment while executing a warrant for an unsolved murder where a body was randomly found on the couple's front lawn a couple months earlier. While that case is still unsolved, they did discover that the children had been beaten, starved, and some sexually abused while in the care of the couple. The children have since been relocated.

    Source: CNN

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