5 Terrible Mothers

For most people, being a mother is a wonderful thing. We couldn’t imagine harming our children and want to protect them as much as possible. Some women just shouldn’t be mothers though, they don’t have an ounce of love or compassion. These women are some of the most terrible mothers that you will read about.

Caution: These stories are graphic, viewer discretion is advised

  1. Marybeth Tinning

Marybeth Tinning
Marybeth Tinning

Marybeth Roe Tinning was born September, 11th 1942 in Duaneburg, a small town in Schenectady, New York. She claimed to have been abused as a child by her father Alton Roe, in a 1986 police interview she claimed that Alton beat her and locked her in a closet, although during court testimony she denied that her father had done those things with bad intentions. Marybeth said “My father hit me with a flyswatter because he had arthritis and his hands were not of much use, and he locked me in my room I guess he though I deserved it.”

Roe met Joe Tinning in 1963 while on a blind date with him and some friends. They got married in 1965 and had their first child, Barbara, May 1967. Their second child, Joseph, was born in January 1970 with their third child, Jennifer, following in December 1971. Jennifer was only 8 days old when she died from hemorrhagic meningitis and multiple brain abscesses from birth. Exactly 17 days after Jennifer’s death, Tinning took her two year old son to the ER in Schenectady. His death was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest. Several weeks later, Barbara was rushed to the hospital for going into convulsions. Barbara died the next day after being comatose for several hours. Dr’s claimed she died due to Reyes syndrome.

Once again Marybeth had given birth, this time to a son named Timothy, she took him to the same hospital on December 10th already dead. Dr’s said this time it was due to SIDS. Her 5th child was born March, 1975 and died while out with his mother in the car.

Crazily, the Tinning’s were allowed to adopt. August 1978 they adopted Michael as a baby and not long after, on October 29th she gave birth to another child, Mary Frances. Not surprisingly she was also rushed to the hospital in full cardiac arrest. She luckily was revived although suffered irreversible brain damage. Two days later she was taken off life support and died. The Tinnings 8th child was born in the fall and died March 1980 after being kept on life support for 4 weeks in NY. In March 1981, Michael was taken to the Dr. after not waking up, is passed away.

August 1985, the Tinning’s 9th child was born, Tami Lynne. On December 20th she died from being smothered. Finally, the family was visited by Betsy Mannix of Schenectady County’s Department of Social Services and Bob Imfeld of the Schenectady’s Police Department.

Marybeth signed a confession to the murders of Tami Lynne, Timothy, and Nathan. Jennifer’s death was not suspect because it occurred before the baby left the hospital. She was released on $100,000 bail and after a 6 week trial was found guilty of second degree murder and depraved indifference to human life. She received 20 yrs. to life although she appealed on the grounds that her confession was not voluntary. In 1988 her appeal was denied.

Although she was only charged with the murder of Tami Lynn, she confessed to killing her sons and is suspected of killing all 9 of her children. She has been denied parole 5 times.

  1. Andrea Yates

Andrea Yates
Andrea Yates



Andrea Yates was born on July 2nd, 1964 in Houston Texas. She suffered from postpartum psychosis and severe depression. Yates drowned her 5 children in a bathtub on June 20, 2001 and was found guilty of first degree murder. She was sentenced to life in prison however a court of appeals reversed the conviction, the court found her insane.

Yates was treated for postpartum psychosis and after her 5th child was born and the death of her father she fell into a severe depression. She was committed into a treatment center where she was prescribed multiple antipsychotics, she was also taken off of the antipsychotic Haldol which helped her recover in 1999.

She drowned her children within 1 hour of her husband leaving for work and her mother-in-law arriving to the house.

Andrea Yates caused a lot of controversy with her conviction and, also, started a conversation about postpartum psychosis.

  1. Tonya Thomas

Tonya Thomas
Tonya Thomas

On May 15, 2012 Tonya Thomas shot her 4 children 18 times before she killed herself, the murders were referred to as the Florida Family Massacre. The children, Joel Johnson 12, Jazzlyn Johnson 13, Jaxs Johnson 15 and Pebbles Johnson 17, ran to a neighbor’s house but returned after Tomas came outside and told them to return. She then shot her children with a Taurus .38 caliber revolver, smoked a cigarette and then later killed herself.

19 gunshots were found on the victims including the shot that killed Thomas. One of her children were shot 7 times and the youngest was shot 5 times from more than 2 feet away. At least 2 children were killed from a gunshot that was fired against their chests. An autopsy showed that the Thomas kids were healthy, with no drugs in their system, however Tonya Thomas had “approximately 10 drinks in her body.”

Weeks before the massacre, a Department of Children and Families investigator spoke to Thomas and the children, the investigator claims that there were no signs that the children were in distress, each child said that they felt safe in their home.

Documents released by state officials show that there were hundreds of documents showing that the family’s history revealed Thomas was a woman trapped in a cycle of domestic violence and had been abused and neglected as a child. In 2000, the kids watched their father Joe Johnson yelled, punched, kicked, and knocked her into a wall for not making dinner. The kids were removed for a month but were returned.


  1. Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson
Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson, who was pregnant, murdered her children Levina 3, Addy 2, and 11 month old Kyden, she then killed herself. Police found the children in their mother’s bed at their home in London Road South. There is evidence that they were drowned in the bathtub. She had written on the walls in green marker a few messages including

“I love them and I’m going to keep them safe.”

“I put them to bed with their beds – they loved their bears.”

“They’re cuddled up together sleeping. They look so peaceful.”

In addition to the messages written on the walls, each child had a heart drawn on their torso with the message “I love you x.” A lipstick mark was also found on each child’s foreheads.

Fiona Anderson's Children
Fiona Anderson’s Children

Pregnant Fiona wrote the names of each of her children on her own body and included the name Eve, which is what she intended to name her unborn daughter.

The day before she murdered her children, she had argued and stabbed her children’s father for dating someone else. He initially lied to police saying that he had been stabbed in the street by a stranger. He claims that he lied to protect Fiona and to keep the kids from being taken away. According to a letter he handed over after the death, she had felt “unable to cope with the situation and apologetically outlined her intention to take her children with her.” She also said that “A mother never abandons her children.”

Child protection plans were in place because of possible physical and emotional neglect. The family was considered “hard to reach” and would not cooperate so a mental health assessment was never done.

  1. Monica McCarrick

Monica McCarrick
Monica McCarrick

Monica McCarrick murdered her children October 10, 2010 and attempted suicide on the same day. Monica murdered her twin 3 year old daughters with a Samurai Sword who were strapped into their highchairs, cut her own throat and set her house on fire. Her neighbors were the first ones on the scene after they saw a fire burning in the window and tried to break down the front door. There was something heavy propped against the door to stop people from getting through, it was found out later that the twin girls bodies were the heavy object blocking the door. Neighbors managed to break a sliding glass door and found a bottle of pills and a bloody sword.

Investigators say that the head of one of the girls had almost been decapitated, the other little girl had multiple stab wounds to her stomach. 28 year old Monica was found near the bodies of the twins with a sword wound to her throat, she was sent to the hospital and was charged after she was released.

McCarrick attempted to plead not guilty by reason of insanity, her lawyer told the courtroom that her client had been suffering from paranoid delusions and believed that her daughters were going to be enslaved and raped. Her mother also detailed McCarrick’s troubled childhood and history with mental illness. The jury came to a decision to deny the insanity plea after accounts of McCarrick’s meth use came out. She was sentenced to 2 life terms in prison on October 3, 2012.

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One thought on “5 Terrible Mothers

  • November 9, 2015 at 7:06 am

    These women make me sick, I don’t understand how anyone can do these types of things to their own children


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