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The Worst Parents of 2018

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No one ever said being a parent is easy, but these parenting fails are not to be taken lightly. The bad parenting from 2018 involves atrocious actions that often require criminal proceedings. These are truly some of the worst parents ever.

Be warned: the absolute worst examples of parenting in 2018 are not for the faint of heart. This list contains descriptions of horrific abuse and heartbreak. It seems impossible that any parent could behave so viciously towards their child, but unfortunately, these types of stories are all too common. Hopefully, shedding a light on these people's terrible actions prevents future nightmares from happening.

If you're not squeamish, browse this list of the worst parents of 2018 for some dark and disturbing tales.

  • These California Parents Held Their 13 Children Captive

    A teenage girl called 911 on January 14, saying she had escaped from her parents' house in Perris, CA. She claimed her 12 siblings were being held hostage by the couple.

    Riverside Sheriff deputies went to find the girl, and were struck by her emaciated appearance. When they went to her house, they discovered "several children shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings." The captives ranged in age from 2 to 29.

    The parents, David and Louise Turpin, offered no explanation for their children's imprisonment. They were arrested on charges of child endangerment and torture, and their bail was set at $9 million each.

  • This Mom Left Her Newborn Baby In An Airport

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    A newborn baby boy was discovered abandoned in a bathroom at the Tucson airport on January 14. He was left with a handwritten note:

    "Please help me. My mom had no idea she was pregnant. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home... I just want what is best for him and it's not me."

    Authorities believe the woman may have given birth at the airport before leaving the infant. The healthy child was surrendered to the care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety. The woman may face criminal charges if she's apprehended.