The 20 Absolute Worst Parents of 2012

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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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  1. 20

    Mother Sets Boys on Fire as Punishment for Smoking

    Kids get caught smoking cigarettes. Fact. Parents try myriad crazy things to get them to stop (smoking a whole pack, taking them to cancer wards, pictures of rotten lungs, etc). Fact. New on the list of crazy solutions to getting kids to stop smoking: setting them on fire. 

    Noluthando Noyavayi, a resident of Cape Town, South Africa, doused her two children in paraffin and set them on fire after she caught them trying out cigarette smoking for the first time. 

    The two children were taken to the hospital after the horrific punishment had been enacted, but while the older boy survived, the younger one, aged 9, died with burns on approximately 90% of his body. 

    Source: Daily Mail

  2. 19

    Woman Kills Two Children By Throwing Them Against Wall

    Here's a concept: you don't like your children, stop having them. I know this is ground-breaking advice, I should probably write a book or something to dispense this priceless information, but even if I did, it would be too late to get it into the hands of Angleton, Texas's Kristi-An Walker who, at 20, already had three children.

    Sadly, in the case of Kristi-An, HAD is the operative word. In October, the young mother called 911 to report that her baby was unresponsive and her attempts to give the child CPR had failed. She later admitted, after the child's death, that she had never tried to give the child CPR and had, if fact, THROWN THE CHILD AGAINST THE WALL because it was crying.

    Oh, and while she was admitting to having not done anything to help that kid she threw against the wall, she also admitted that in 2011, she had intentionally run another child into walls and furniture, in addition to throwing it against the wall, until it died as well. 

    Her third child, who is three, was taken into protective custody when she was arrested.

    Source: Daily Mail

  3. 18

    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

  4. 17

    Mother Starves Foster Son for Days, Then Beats Him to Death for Stealing Her Change

    It all started with the loss of a N1,000 (approximately USD $6.35) note in a small town in Lagos, Nigeria. A woman called Iya Anu was so enraged that her foster son, Seubow (aged 16), had lost this sum of money that she locked him up and refused to feed him for four days. Starving, the boy snuck out of the house to find any source of food. When the woman discovered that he had procured sustenance without her assistance, she snapped, assuming he had stolen an additional N50 from her to buy the food.
    Iya Anu beat Seubow with a rod for four days, still without food, before he finally died.

    Take it with a grain of salt that money is a different situation in third world countries, but this woman beat her foster son to death over $.32. Not 32 dollars, 32 cents.

  5. 16

    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

  6. 15

    Father Injures Son During Samurai Sword Fight With Other Man

    On the list of things you'd expect to be attacked with in a fight, the top five have go to be bat, bottle, gun, knife, fists, right? Followed by lamp, dishes, glasses, and maybe cat rounding out the Top 20. Where, samurai sword falls is that list is completely beyond me, but this guy dared to be different and brought a sword to take care of his problems with the ex.

    That's Thar Kyi. He's a 42-year-old Utica, NY man who was really upset that his baby mama was dating a new guy. Instead of talking it out, he busted into the mother's home one morning while his three children were getting ready for school, and started a sword fight with the new boyfriend. Actually, the other guy didn't have a sword of his own, so Kyi was really just swinging his own equipment around with reckless abandon.

    Of course, a guy randomly swinging a sword around a bunch of women and children is going to end just fine, right? No. He struck his son with the sword, freaked out, and fled. Police found him hanging out in Syracuse. His child was treated for non life-threatening injuries. 

    Source: Huffington Post

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    Two Children Thrown From 15th Floor Balcony Because Mother Was Fed Up With Them

    In Moscow, Russia, Galina Ryabkova, 30, was frustrated with her children and "decided to get rid of them".

    Not temporarily with the neighbors or permanently with an adoption service, but by throwing them from the 15th story of her apartment building. 

    Claiming to be "fed up" with her four and seven-year-old sons, the woman took the children from her 8th story apartment to the 15th story and threw them off. Neighbors were horrified. One man was woken by his wife who said there were children "falling out" of the building. He ran from his apartment to find the bodies of the two boys just outside one of the building's exits.

    Neighbors detained Ryabkova in the building's lobby until the police arrived. The whole incident was caught on CCTV, thought you should be warned, the video is a bit unsettling.

    Source: Fox News

  8. 13

    Man Kills Toddler After Putting Him in Washing Machine as Punishment

    It seems a foregone conclusion that washing machines are for clothes only, but some parents just don't seem to grasp this concept. 

    In Meaux, a city Northeast of Paris in France, Christophe Champenois, 33, was upset that his 3-year-old child, Bastien, had misbehaved in preschool, and could think of no better punishment for the child than to throw him in the washing machine and hit start.  

    The mother was present and did nothing to prevent the father from inflicting this cruel punishment on the child. The grandmother, in discussing the death of Bastien, called him an "unwanted child", saying the father was mostly concerned with going drinking the night his son was born.

    This is unfortunately not the first incident of a child being intentionally placed in a washing machine this year. In Camden County, New Jersey, a babysitter (initially identified as the child's father) put a toddler in a front-loading washing machine and was horrified to find that the lock engaged after he hit start. The incident was caught on CCTV video.

    Source: MSNBC

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    Thai Mother Hallucinates and Accidentally Cooks Children Thinking They're Livestock

    Mr. Mackey said it best on South Park: "Drugs are good, m'kay?"

    Admittedly, Mr. Mackey usually says "drugs are bad", but he has been known to recant his traditional tagline when pharmacology is involved. Sadly, in the mountain towns of Thailand near the Burmese border, there was a woman who went off her meds and did some real damage in the time it took her husband to make the trip to Bangkok to obtain the drugs necessary to reinstate her treatment.

    In the days her husband was gone, the woman, who had been released from hospital care for psychiatric conditions in 2007, hallucinated that her one and five-year-old children were pigs and slaughtered and ate them. When police were summoned to the home, they found her sleeping on the floor, surrounded by the children's body parts.

    Source: Daily Mail

  10. 11

    Man Beheads Daughter Because He Disapproves of Her Lifestyle

    After leaving her husband, Ogad Singh's then 18-year-old daughter returned to live at home with her parents. Displeased with her decision to leave her husband, Singh watched for two years as his daughter had affairs with men in their Jaipur, India town and was pushed to the breaking point when the girl eloped with one of the men.
    Instead of sitting down and expressing his displeasure with the situation, Singh cut his 20-year-old daughter's head off with a sword and paraded it around the village, telling others of what he'd done and why he did it.
    He was eventually persuaded by a relative to surrender and accepted a ride to the police station, still clutching the sword and his daughter's head. 

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    Father Puts Rum in Baby's Feeding Tube to Ease Pain

    There's an older practice, now thought of as being a little silly, of rubbing alcohol on an infant's gums to help with the pain of teething. The amount of alcohol (typically whiskey or some other brown liquor) is equivalent to a drop; just enough to numb the spot of the incoming tooth.

    19-year-old father Carlos Ruiz claims to have been offering similar aid to his 2-month-old son when he visited him in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with a feeding tube full of rum. The infant had been admitted with breathing trouble and the man, under age and not allowed to drink himself per Louisiana law, thought a tube full of rum administered to the baby intravenously would ease its suffering.

    The rum did nothing to help the baby (shocker) and in fact sent him into seizures with a Blood Alcohol Content of .289. Ruiz said he didn't know the alcohol could hurt the baby and the mother said she didn't notice the bottle of Bacardi had gone missing from the freezer.

    Source: Global News

  12. 9

    Man Leaves Baby at Home to Rob Houses

    Robbery Checklist:

    Black ski mask (check)
    Loot sack (check)
    Blunt object for breaking windows (check)
    Baby son (hmm...better leave him at home)

    Ready? Go.

    Arthur Langley, age 20, profession: house robber, might have made a worse decision if he had taken his 1-year-old to work with him, but it wouldn't have been much worse.

    The would-be robber ditched his kid at home while he went out to rob neighbors in his suburban Philadelphia neighborhood. Langley was caught when neighbors called 911 to report suspicious activity and later found the child alone at home.

    Source: Huffington Post

  13. 8

    Mother Tries to Sell Baby in a Classifieds Ad

    I should start out by saying I'm impressed that anyone even thinks of using the classified ads in the newspaper as a place to sell things anymore, what with Craigslist and the like readily available to list anything from comic books to oh, babies. 

    Brittany Hill, a 26-year-old from Dallas, was maybe a little unfamiliar with the online listing forums and decided she'd sell her baby the old-fashioned way: in the newspaper.

    If this woman offered to sell you her baby, how much do you think you'd have to pay? $10,000? $20,000? Nope, Brittany Hill was willing to sell you her baby for the bargain price of $4,000 ($1,000 for every month she'd already dealt with the child). A woman from Florida actually saw the ad, contacted Hill about buying, went to Texas to pick the child up, then got cold feet and alerted authorities who took the child into protective custody.

    Source: Examiner

  14. 7

    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 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

  15. 6

    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.

  16. 5

    Pimp Known as Fatty the Maneater Prostitutes 14-Year-Old Daughter

    Assuming you're in the market for a prostitute, is "Fatty the Maneater" really the pimp you want to be doing business with? Apparently, there were enough people saying "yes" to keep 34-year-old Betsian Carrasquillo Penaloza in the business of pimping (it ain't easy!) out her 14-year-old daughter and her underage friends.

    In San Juan, Puerto Rico, word of the services offered by the Carrasquillo family made their way to US Federal Agents who were told it would cost $500 for sex with the daughter and an additional $250 for each of the other girls. Agents arrested the mother/pimp of the year on charges related to prostitution.

    Source: Huffington Post

  17. 4

    Mom Injects Daughter With Heroin Over 200 Times

    This is Brandi Baumgardner.

    She is accused with injecting her daughter with heroin over 200 times

    There is no way to make this woman sound like a decent human being. She started smoking pot with her daughter when the child was 12. By 14, she was helping the girl shoot up heroin when she was too "dope sick" to do it herself. She used her daughter to obtain drugs from hospitals by having her fake illnesses, and is even accused of having her daughter trade drugs for sex with a 21-year-old man. 


    Source: Huffington Post

  18. 3

    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

  19. 2

    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

  20. 1

    Local News Alerts Parents They Left Child at Chuck E Cheese

    Even as an adult, Chuck E Cheese's can be a magical place where you forget about everything that doesn't involve pizza and/or the acquisition of a fat mess of prize tickets. 

    In fact, it's so easy to become fixated on tokens, tickets and rides that you might even forget who you showed up with. You know, like, your kid. 

    This is 3-year-old Harmony, who lives in Bel Air, MD along with her parents who split custody of their daughter. On the night Harmony was left at the pizza eatery, she and her parents had arrived with a large group of children and adults, and when it came time to leave, each parent went to their respective home sans-child, assuming the other had the girl.

    After running free in the house of mouse for a while, Harmony approached an employee to say she was thirsty and, when a search for her guardians came up empty, the police were called. Authorities waited 90 minutes for someone to return and claim the girl, but ended up taking her to the precinct and getting her picture up on the news when no one did. 

    Around 11pm when the news came on, the parents were alerted- by their local newscasters- that their child was in police custody. Regrettably, since it was decided to be a case of inadvertent abandonment, neither of the parents ended up in jail.

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