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The Worst Parents of 2017

Updated January 22, 2018 221.0k views15 items

Being a good parent is often difficult and exhausting, so mistakes are expected. However, the bad parents on this list take stupidity and irresponsibility to another level. Just reading about the evil acts these parents did to their children will make your blood boil. How do you think these mothers and fathers measure up against the worst parents of 2018

If you are ever doubting your parenting skills, just look to this list of horrible parenting fails. Which do you think are most awful examples of terrible parenting? These are surely the worst parents of 2017 and possibly, of all time. 

  • Parents Reportedly Left Their Child In A Hot Car On Purpose

    Photo: Gatlinburg Police Department

    Two parents in Gatlinburg, TN, are facing first-degree murder chargers after investigators said they purposefully left their two-year-old son in a car for nearly a day to purposefully kill him. When police arrived at the Anthony and Jade Phillips's home on July 14, the child had been dead for some time. 

    The couple initially said they accidentally left their son in the car, but during police interrogations, they allegedly turned on one another, indicting themselves in the crime. The mother - Jade Phillips - is also the daughter of a local mayor. 

  • Mom Accused Of Putting Her Sons In The Oven

    Lamora Williams, a 24-year-old single mother in Atlanta, GA, was arrested for murdering her two young sons in October 2017. According to the warrant, Williams killed the one- and two-year-old toddlers by placing them in a hot oven.

    Williams reportedly suffers from mental health issues. She apparently called a friend the same night the children died, saying she "couldn't do it anymore."

  • Faith Healers Let Their Newborn Die Instead Of Calling 911

    Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office / via KOIN

    Sarah and Travis Mitchell, of Oregon City, OR, were charged with murder in June 2017 after they let their newborn daughter die instead of calling for help. The couple is part of a faith-healing church that believes in the power of prayer over the power of medicine. That belief led to the death of one of their twin daughters, who struggled to breath for the four short hours she was alive.

    In a sad twist, Sarah Mitchell's older sister also lost a newborn because she refused to call 911 after her son started struggling to live. She was arrested in 2011 and charged with manslaughter. 

  • Parents Force Their Son To Eat Carrots Until He Turns Orange

    Photo: Utah Department of Child Services

    Two parents in Utah were arrested for felony child abuse after they locked their five-year-old adoptive son in a basement and force fed him carrots until he turned orange. Clarissa and Brett Tobiasson allegedly locked their son in the spider- and rat-infested basement for hours a day, and would only allow him to eat regular food after he ate a specific amount of carrots. He ate so many carrots, his skin turned orange.