Bad Parenting

Strange stories of mindless moms and dumb dads

Teenage boy (16-17) being arrested

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You need a license to drive, why don't you need a license to procreate? At least that's how you feel when you hear about the couple that puts their toddler in the clothes dryer.

Living in the Trash

Alison Alsbrooks Scurry
Sumter County Sheriff’s Department

South Carolina police found three kids living in a home with a foot of trash covering the floors, including rotting food. Mom has been arrested.

Ultimate Bad Parenting

Donald Christian Rombough Mug Shot
Lee County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office

A man is accused of leaving his son in a hot truck so he could go into a bar and watch Ultimate Fighting.

Boozing Grandma Tossed in Jail

Maria Krull Mug Shot
Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff's Department

Police say a Cincinnati grandma was driving around drunk — with her five-year-old granddaughter in the car. And they say she wasn't just drunk... she was really, really wasted — with a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit.

Yo Ho Ho & a Bottle of Rum… In a Diaper Bag… While Driving… With Kids

Monica Say Mug Shot 2009
Hennepin County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Department

The year’s not over yet, but it’s safe to say that Monica Say is out of the running for mom of the year. Police say Say was caught driving drunk in a car with her two sons, ages 2 and 4, inside. What’s more, they say she had an open bottle of rum in a diaper bag. Hopefully for her, and not the kids. Police say he blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for drunkenness.

'Get on the Pole'

Steve Russo Mug Shot
Northampton County (Pa.) Sheriff's Office

Steve Russo — a 35-year-old father from Pennsylvania — allegedly held a party for his 17-year-old son that involved rum, vodka and a stripper's pole in his basement. Police say there was even photos posted on Facebook. Russo has pleaded guilty to giving booze to minors, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.

Man Propositions Daughter on Facebook

John Forehand Mug Shot
Ephrata Borough Police Department

Pennsylvania police say John Forehand signed up for Facebook under the name "Bad Daddy" to track his own daughter, who he hadn't seen in 10 years. Police say he was interested in a different kind of touching reunion with the 13-year-old girl, describing sex acts to her as he asked for a meeting.

Meth in Baby's Diaper

Lorri Compo Mug Shot
Michigan State Police

Police say Lorri Compo was watching her 1-year-old grandson when she and four others were arrested in a meth bust — and the baby was later found with drugs in his diaper.

Crack-Smokin' Mom

Miranda Marie Peters-Ortiz 2009 Police Booking Photo
Brevard County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office

With a three-year-old in the backseat, a Fla. mom allegedly robbed a Wendy's, led police on a high speed chase, and was smoking crack when they took her out of the car.

Feces in the IV

Emily Beth McDonald 2009 Police Booking Photo
Austin (Texas) Police Dept.

A Texas mom was allegedly caught on hospital surveillance camera putting human waste into her little girl's intravenous line. A lawyer for the woman told the

that "as the facts unfold, the impression people have of this young woman will change for the better."

Modern Day Ma Barker

Cynthia Robertson 2009 Mug Shot
Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office

Phoenix police say Cynthia Robertson led her two sons (the youngest, just 12 years old) in a crime spree, committing some 40 robberies on pedestrians. Mom, they say, allegedly drove the getaway car and was the brains behind the operation.

Butane Soup

William Cunningham Mug Shot
Clayton County (Ga.) Police Dept.

A jury found William Cunningham guilty of poisoning his seven kids (the youngest 18 months old) by putting lighter fluid and other poisonous things in their Campbell's Soup, hoping to sue the manufacturer. He now faces a 100-year sentence.

Shooting the Kids

Christina Ann Snyder 2009 Mug Shot
Berkeley Couty (W.Va.) Sheriff's Office

Here's one way to make 'em listen: W. Va. police are accusing Christina Ann Snyder and her husband of shooting four kids in their care with BBs and bottle rockets.

Electric Dog Collar

Tod Marcum 2009 Police Mug Shot Photo
Photo Courtesy Marion County Jail

Todd Marcum of Oregon allegedly put electric dog collars on his children "because he thought it was funny," according to a Salem police officer.

Dad's Got a Crowbar!

Christopher and Vanessa Peterson 2009 Mug Shot
Las Vegas Police Dept.

When Christopher and Vanessa Peterson's 16-year-old boy got into a fight with another teen, they allegedly drove him to the confrontation and dad pulled out a crowbar. And, of course, the whole incident was captured on cell phone video for posterity.

Toddler Chomping

Zhifang Chen 2009 Mug Shot
Courtesy of Hernando County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office

Zhifang Chen was allegedly so angry with her 5-year-old son as he got ready for school, she bit him on the face, "resulting in obvious teeth impressions."

Baby for Sale

Rebecca Sue Taylor 2009 Mug Shot
Photo courtesy South Central Regional Jail (W.Va.)

How badly did Rebecca Sue Taylor want a new apartment? West Virginia police say she offered to sell her infant for $10,000 to a woman looking for a surrogate mother and later dropped the asking price to $5,000.

Baby? What Baby?

Melissa Foley 2009 Mug Shot
Courtesy of Pinellas County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office

Melissa Foley, 29, allegedly left her one-month-old girl in front of her apartment while fighting with a man, possibly a boyfriend, and chasing him in a car. She didn't catch him, but the cops caught her.

Naked Nanny

Sara Slicker, "The Naked Nanny," 2009 Mug Shot Photo
Pinellas County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office

Sarah Slicker earned her nickname, "The Naked Nanny," when she was convicted of undressing in front of a 4-year-old boy whom she was babysitting. After serving a year in prison, this former Sunday school teacher asked to have her probation reduced, for the sake of her child. (Yes, unfortunately, she has a child.)

Hulk Defends Pole-Dancing Daughter

Hulk Hogan
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images Entertainment

When you're a dad, you go to your daughter's ballet recital. When you're Hulk Hogan, you go to her pole-dancing debut.

Dieting in Chains

Robert Blue Mug Shot
Photo Courtesy Clark County (NV) Detention Center

Upset that his 15-year-old daughter was 25 lbs. overweight, a Nevada man chained the girl to her bed.

F-A-T-H-E . . . Ummm . . . I Give Up

A teenage dad misspells "Father" on a British TV show, proving that there really is no test for parenthood.

South Korean Parents Fined for Son's Rape

An 18-year-old South Korean is serving a 10-year sentence for raping a 7-year-old girl, and his parents are facing the equivalent of an $80,000 fine for failing to supervise the teen. Testimony revealed that the boy had grown up watching ample amounts of pornography, and had an untreated case of hyperactivity disorder.

'Here's a Hatchet, Hunting Knife and Bat. Be Careful!'

Mugshot
St. Petersburg Police Dept.

Daniel Stewart, 30, of St. Petersburg, faces charges after leaving his 7-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy with a hunting knife, hatchet and baseball bat to defend themselves.

Parents Allegedly Offered Sex With Their Toddler for a Car

Jennifer Richards, 25, and her boyfriend, Sean Block, 40, face charges for allegedly trying to offer a car dealer sex with their five year old for a used set of wheels.

Chearleading Coach Tasered

When Julie Ann Bell's 15-year-old daughter didn't make the cheerleading squad, she allegedly conspired to attack the coach with a stun gun in the school's parking lot, and now faces assault charges.

Breastfeeding on Wheels

Ohio police have arrested a 39-year-old Ohio woman who was breastfeeding her child while driving and talking on the cell phone. The woman, who faces misdemeanor child endangerment charges, told authorities that she didn't want her two-year-old to go hungry.

Grandmother Takes Child on Sunroof Joyride

Brenda Bouschet, 54, was arrested after holding her three-year-old granddaughter up through the sunroof of her car as she slowly drove around a supermarket parking lot. The woman was handcuffed and charged with child abuse. She claims authorities over-reacted, telling the Palm Beach Post, "I was approached as if I was a top ten wanted criminal."

Parents Told Mid-Flight They Left Child at Airport

When you have five children and 18 suitcases, these things happen.

Mom Charged With Hiding Weapons in Stroller

A woman from upstate New York allegedly pulled a sawed-off shotgun and a knife from the rolling armory that otherwise looked like her stroller. Police say they found other weapons -- as well as a baby -- in the child transportation device.

Man Faces Arrest for Throwing Baby Daughter

Marquis Lee, 26, faces child abuse charges after allegedly throwing his 10-month-old daughter at a police officer in a desperate attempt to escape arrest for an earlier incident.

German Police Investigate Mom Who Put Baby on eBay

Berlin police say a number of people called after seeing an eBay offer that read: "Baby — collection only. Offer my nearly new baby for sale because it cries too much. Male, 70 cm long."

Mom Shoots Daughter to Win Bet

A Wisconsin woman allegedly shot her 8-year-old in the leg with a BB gun to win a bet with her boyfriend.

12-Year-Old Drives Mom to Bar

This is not what most people consider a good idea for a designated driver: A Texas woman was arrested for allegedly having her 12-year-old daughter drive her to a bar.