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."