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Halloween Horror Movie Review: The Stepfather

Police: PA couple locked boy, 7, in coffin

Scranton police seek couple after diaper-clad boy,7, tells of abuse

PA boy, 7, forced to live in basement and sleep in coffin

Police: Pa. couple locked boy, 7, in coffin

Sleeping quarters

Movie takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania… Couple is arrested for making their 7-year-old sleep in a coffin wearing only a diaper, bound by tape. They like to scare the young boy by telling him there are ghosts in the basement. They go even further by dropping heavy chains on the floor to scare the boy with the sounds… sounds like a horror movie right?

It isn’t.

Lori Gardner (26) & stepfather, Brian Sleboda (31) really have been arrested for just those things to a real 7-year-old little boy.

Neighbors heard the young boy crying in the basement of the condemned, bug-infested home and called police.

“Are you here to help me?” the frightened child said as he hugged one officer. “I am hungry and didn’t get dinner yet,” he told another officer. Police said that he was often placed in the coffin or taped to chair in the basement as punishment and told him that ghosts lived there. They would even pick up chains and drop them to scare him in the dark.

The basement was nearly pitch black, illuminated only by a “Camel Exotic Blends” sign that hung on the wall. In one corner, flies and ticks swarmed around a broken toilet. – Seriously sounds like a set for the next Saw movie…

The young boy says that his step-father would “often” duct tape the coffin shut. Ms. Gardner says that “they were merely playing a game.”

This home was condemned and should not have had anyone living there. There was also evidence that there had been a fire inside the home. “The whole basement – all the support beams were burned out.”

It was probably a matter of time before the boy could have been crushed by a falling home. 

Both Lori Gardner and Brian Sloboda are being held on $60,000 bail each. They both said nothing as they were escorted to the county prison. 

*Thanks go to Joy, Keri, Marcy, April & everyone else who sent this one in.

Happy Halloween


Kenneth and Wendy Watkins Videotape Toddler Drinking, Smoking, Swearing

Tequila!Sorry for my delay in posting today, folks. The weather in Seattle has been dank and dark for the past month, and the permanent darkness has taken its toll on my frail constitution.

But I’ve perked up enough to relay this tip from Danielle about Kenneth Watkins (40) and Wendy Watkins (29) of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Jessica O’Donnell (22), an Olyphant resident. O’Donnell, who is Watkins’ girlfriend, was hanging out with daddy and his ex (?) at Wendy Watkins’ place when the three decided to play a little “game”. Papa Watkins held his two-year-old daughter while he and his girlfriend helped the girl puff on a cigarette, take sips of tequila, and recite vulgarities into the camera.

Where was mommy? Holding the camcorder, naturally! Where else would a good mother be when her toddler was smokin’ and drinkin’ and cussin’?

The brain trust was arrested and thrown in the clink after an anonymous source handed the tape over to detectives. (I imagine that the Three Amigos proudly broadcast it to some friends at a party, and one of them, not being bereft of a conscience and a sense of moral decency, snuck it off-premises afterwards.) All three face a variety of misdemeanor charges.

Can anybody tell me what the deal is with the husband and the girlfriend kickin’ it with the wife? Are the Watkins divorced? Or is this some sort of funky polyamory jazz? Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Based on this story alone, the Watkins and O’Donnell sound like a wonderful threesome – a regular ol’ match made in Hell.

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