There are bad parents. Parents who push their kids too hard and alienate them, parents who aren’t always there and end up ignoring their children as they grow, parents who overreach to protect and shelter their kids by asserting their control over random strangers; there are all kinds of rotten parents out there, but not all of them are outright abusive.
Parents who hit or hurt, whether for discipline or not, their kids are some of the lowest of the low, even if they would so claim to do it out of love or to raise their kids “right.”
Then there are the worst of the worst. Parents who kill their children. Ones who torment and degrade their children.
Some aren’t even the biological parent, which makes their abuse even worse, as they become a stranger in the child’s life.
It’s a miracle that any children of such parents can survive to adulthood, but there were no miracles to save him for young Christian Choate.
10 Fallen Family
Christian was born to Riley Choat and Aimee Estrada. He had a sister named Christina. They all lived in Gary, Indiana, for a time, from 1995 until 2004, when the family was forced to split apart.
Christian claimed that his mother had molested him. This facilitated authorities to revoke all custody of the children, which placed them exclusively in their father’s hands and later their stepmother Kimberly Kubina.
Unfortunately, that did not provide him with a suitably safe home.
9 Bad Dad
Riley Choat was a hardcore disciplinarian, to the point where his method of raising kids was deemed inappropriate in a prior investigation by the Indiana Department of Child Services, or DCS.
Riley was found to have been abusive toward two of his nieces at the time but was only issued a citation. The incident was mostly moved on by the time he retained full custody of his biological children.