I so desperately want to tell you about good stuff in the world. Like, Joe, the retired barber who cuts homeless peoples’ hair in exchange for hugs. Let Joe remind you that humans are great sometimes. I wish Joe’s haircuts cancelled out Stephanie Redus’ attempt to unload her toddler son on Craigslist. The 29-year-old Texas mom was charged with “unlawfully intentionally and knowingly” placing her son, Conner Danger Redus, up for adoption. In an ad posted on CL on May 1st, Redus said:
“Hi, I’m trying to adopt out my three year old son. I’m not in a good place in my life and don’t feel like I can care for him properly, but I don’t know where to start. If you or know anyone who is interested in caring for him please let me know. I’m a single mom and can’t do this. Thanks, Desperate.”
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In one of the most horrifically bizarre cases we’ve heard in a while, a woman in London, England, attempted to have her 14-year-old daughter impregnated so she could have another child. The woman, a single mother of three adopted children, wanted to adopt a fourth child, but the courts denied her request. In response, the unnamed woman attempted to have her 14-year-old daughter inseminated with donor sperm.
The initial attempt failed, but the daughter eventually became pregnant at 16, with the aid of artificial insemination. In a Mother’s Day card she gave her mother in 2009, the girl even included a photo of a positive pregnancy test, and promised her mother she would give her the baby she desired. The mother had undergone an elective sterilization in response to a medical condition she had and could not have children of her own. Keep reading »
You think you’ve seen the worst of them, but the bad mothers of this world just keep one-upping each other. Whatever grievances you have with your mom, know that these daughters’ mommy issues are way, way worse. We extend our condolences. Seriously. We’ve rounded up the most appalling mothers of the year and the unfortunate daughters who had to endure them.
What’s the absolute worst thing you can do as a mother? Oh, I don’t know … TRY TO SELL YOUR BABY. Like 33-year-old Bridget Wismer of Delaware (pictured above), who was charged with felony child dealing when she allegedly tried to sell her newborn son to a gay couple for $15,000. And she did all of this for a crummy trip to Disney World.
Whatever crappy things your mother did to you, you can take comfort in the fact that she didn’t try to sell you so she could go to Disney World. At least, I hope she didn’t. This Mother’s Day be grateful that one of these ladies is not your mother. Click through to see the worst of the worst.
Nutley, New Jersey, mother Patricia Krentcil really likes tanning. That’s obvious when you look at her oranged-up skin and bleached hair. But police officials in Nutley believe that Krentcil likes tanning so much that she brought her five-year-old daughter into the tanning booth with her, giving the child serious burns.
Krentcil’s daughter Anna, who is fair-skinned and red-headed, came to school with serious burns. After the school nurse questioned the girl, she revealed that she had been “tanning with mommy.” Krentcil said her daughter came to the salon with her, but didn’t go into the booth. Keep reading »
Parenting, you’re doing it wrong. In one corner, we have Joan Barnett, a New York City schools employee, who was fired this week, after it was discovered that she faked her daughter’s death in order to extend her Costa Rican vacation. In the other corner, we have Brigit Hippen, of Hutchinson, Kansas, whose infant daughter died after she left a hairdryer running in the child’s crib to keep her warm on a cold night.
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If only babies came with an exchange policy, then we’d never have to hear about another mother trying to sell her newborn for $15,000. Bridget Wismer is the latest baby seller to get caught. She allegedly planned to take a trip to Disney World with the bank she made from her baby. Her asking price seems a little low, doesn’t it? Disney World is not that fun.
Click through to see some more mothers who tried to sell their babies. I’m sad that there are enough of theses stories for a full slideshow … but, alas, there are. [USA Today]