Mother’s Day is a time for us to celebrate the Moms who have done so much for us. But, not everyone gets a great mom, as the following images show.

Note: Mentions murder, violence and infanticide.

Mama June

A woman in a red blouse with embellished neckline smiles broadly while walking at an outdoor event.
A woman in a red blouse with embellished neckline smiles broadly while walking at an outdoor event.

Despite already knowing that her boyfriend had abused one of her children, Mama June from Toddlers and Tiaras continued to allow the man access to her children. And on a TV show!

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Ruby Franke

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Two images in a split frame; on the left, a family of six posing in front of a house, and on the right, a close-up of a smiling woman.

Before it was discovered that she was starving and abusing her kids, Ruby Franke….wait for it…..was popular on YouTube for giving out parenting advice!

Casey Anthony

A young woman in a white blouse standing in a room, looking worried with her lips slightly parted.
A young woman in a white blouse standing in a room, looking worried with her lips slightly parted.

Despite being acquitted for murdering her daughter, Casey Anthony remains one of the most hated moms in history. Many people believe she did it, but got away with it.

Lori Vallow

A woman with long blonde hair stands in court, wearing a black outfit, looking serious and concerned.
A woman with long blonde hair stands in court, wearing a black outfit, looking serious and concerned.

Lori Vallow murdered both her teen daughter and adopted son with autism. Then, her next move….was to go to Hawai’i.

Mommie Dearest

Black and white image of a distressed middle-aged woman with raised eyebrows and intense gaze, framed by a partially visible window.
Black and white image of a distressed middle-aged woman with raised eyebrows and intense gaze, framed by a partially visible window.

Imagine being a mom so terrible, they make a movie about you. Such is the life of Joan Crawford.

China Arnold

A woman appears before a courtroom, with a focus on an evidence box containing a purple garment and other items.
A woman appears before a courtroom, with a focus on an evidence box containing a purple garment and other items.

China Arnold was convicted of not just murdering her baby. But, microwaving her to death.

Black Bears

Black bear gazing forward with a green grassy background and a fallen tree in the foreground.
Black bear gazing forward with a green grassy background and a fallen tree in the foreground.

Not the type of bear that a baby bear wants to meet in the forest. Normally, black bears have 2-3 cubs. But, when they only produce 1, they often abandon it.

Susan Smith

A collage of three portraits: an adult woman on the left, and two young boys, each in separate frames, on the right.
A collage of three portraits: an adult woman on the left, and two young boys, each in separate frames, on the right.

Remember this story from the 90s? Not only did Susan Smith drive her car into a pond with the boys strapped into their car seats, she claimed a “Black man” took them.

Calamity Jane

Portrait of a historical figure in a wide-brimmed hat and scarf, holding a rifle, against a plain background with an arched frame.
Portrait of a historical figure in a wide-brimmed hat and scarf, holding a rifle, against a plain background with an arched frame.

Calamity Jane was a notable train wreck in history. Known for crime, drunkenness and so much more….including neglecting her kids.

The Best Moms

A happy woman sitting outdoors with a toddler on her back and holding a baby, smiling at sunset in a park, evoking a sense of history.
A happy woman sitting outdoors with a toddler on her back and holding a baby, smiling at sunset in a park, evoking a sense of history.

Now that you’ve seen some of the worst moms, read How to Be a Strong, Successful, Special Needs Mom.

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