Parents leave 2 kids bound, blindfolded in Wal-Mart lot

It was a quiet week for those of us who are constantly on the prowl for stories about the nutsy things parents do with their kids. But then along comes this one, which restores my faith in humanity. Or, rather, my faith in humanity’s never-ending ability to outdo itself in the “are-they-out-of-their-freakin’-minds?” department.

A customer at a Wal-Mart in Lawrence Kansas, alerted the police to a young boy, tied up and blindfolded, outside a Chevy Suburban in the parking lot. When the cops got there, they found not just one, but two kids bound and blindfolded–the boy and a 7-year old girl. Oh, and there were three other kids, ages 12, 13, and 15, inside the car as well.

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Should have thought of that before you decided to break into that house

Yet another page in the constantly growing Stupid Parent Tricks file…

This time, a couple in West Virginia decided to leave their three children alone in the middle of the night while they went a few blocks down the street and stole a neighbor’s water heater and copper pipes. According to the couple, they were planning to sell the stolen property for scrap. So now mom and pop are facing two counts of burglary and three of child endangerment. Does not having taken your children along on your crime spree offset having left them alone? Hmm.

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Drunken babysitters. I guess you don’t have to be a parent to do stupid things with kids

Apparently Monica Wellito, 27, didn’t think that the fact she was supposed to be babysitting her two nieces (ages 1 and 4) should get in the way of her drinking. And she didn’t. In fact, she drank so much that she passed out, leaving the two girls to wander around unsupervised.

Police in Farmington, New Mexico were called in when a neighbor spotted the 4-year old outside by herself. Her year-old sister was found a while later–fortunately in good health–in an unfenced irrigation ditch a few feet from the trailer where Wellito was supposed to have been watching the kids while their mother was at work.

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The dark side of parenting–will it ever end? Probably not.

I don’t know why this kind of thing continues to amaze me…

New Jersey mother of seven, Patricia Krentcil, is facing child endangerment charges for allegedly taking her 5-year old daughter into a tanning booth. Krentcil, who, as you can see from the pictures, is a regular tanning salon customer, denies the charges. She says that her daughter got sunburned by being outside on an especially warm April Day (ever heard of sunscreen?) But the daughter, who was itching from the sunburn, told administrators at her school that she had been in the tanning booth with her mom.

'Tanning mom' Patricia Krentcil banned from over 60 tanning salons, says report

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