UnHappy Mother's Day: Top Ten Worst of the Worst Moms in the Valley

Categories: Bad Parents

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No doubt many moms enjoyed breakfast in bed, flowers or some chocolaty goodness today in honor of Mother's Day. But, as New Times' blogger/reporter Matt Hendley has extensively documented, not all women deserve such special treatment.

We can think of a few things these women -- some of the worst mothers in the Valley -- deserve, but flowers and chocolate wouldn't be among them.

Unfortunately, it wasn't difficult to compile a list of women accused of horrific abuse, failing to protect their children or killing them:

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Jerice Hunter
Jerice Hunter: Charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, 5-year-old Jhessye Shockley. Hunter has served prison time for past abuse of her other children. Police believe that Jhessye was thrown in a Tempe trash can, and her body was likely taken to a landfill.







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Laurie Kelly
Laurie Kelly: Sentenced to 30 days jail and four years of probation for giving homeless people beer in exchange for babysitting her 6-year-old daughter.

She told cops she bought beers for random strangers in the park, and asked them to watch her daughter while she went to "make some money" by selling "her body for sexual favors," according to court documents.


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robert_graham
robert_graham

The mother of Matthew Hendley and Stephen Lemons top the list of bad moms because they failed to bring up their sons the right way.

jasonxoc
jasonxoc

Damn, I havn't talked to my mom in like 2 years... Reading this makes me think that the shit she did wasn't so bad. 


JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

Why this article instead of top 10 creative mom's in the valley, or top 10 chef mom's in the valley.  There are so many things to celebrate in the valley rather than be cynical about, why this angle instead of the more positive ones.

scotth2405
scotth2405

Why no Debra Milke, on Death Row for the death of her son.

ConcernedCitizen
ConcernedCitizen

Because this needs to be addressed instead of ignoring it and pretending it's not reality.  The future of these children who have suffered and lived are much more important than the 10 creative moms in the valley! As a community we should be discussing the fate of these children and how we can help them become funtioning members of society.  It's not being cynical, it's being real.   I am so disappointed that our society has turned their back to children, stories like this are needed more.  We need to hear the abuse because something needs to be about it, tougher laws for these child abusers.  Instead of asking who the top 10 chef moms are, ask how you can help these children or other abused children.

mgm5
mgm5

Maybe because she's innocent?

mgm5
mgm5

Possibly because she may not be guilty.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@ConcernedCitizen I just saw your response to my comment.  Yes, you're right.  We do need to talk about how badly CPS is underfunded.  And yes, we need to talk about the lack of funding for mental health resources to help overwhelmed mothers learn coping strategies and obtain treatment for mental illness so that they can be good parents to their children despite the challenges they face.  But this isn't that article.  This article doesn't discuss how we help children become functioning members of society. This article doesn't do an in-depth deep dive into the problems facing our communityand the solutions to help us solve those problems. This article is a recap of the shit it in the news every day.  This article is a cheap, easy to slap together summary of all the bad shit that's been covered over the past year.  Either do the article that you've described or do an article celebrating the great mom's, but don't do a cop-out article the does nothing more than rehash old stories about shitty moms.  That was my point.

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