Chad and Joey Mudd were arrested for giving their daughters marijuana and cocaine as a "bargaining tool."
Joey Mudd and Chad Mudd (via Pinellas County Sheriff's Department)
Parenting is hard. In these days when everything a kid wants is on their phone, it's tough to give them any incentive to do their homework or their chores. But a father and mother from Largo, Florida found a pretty good motivator: drugs.
The two were arrested for repeatedly smoking pot with their daughters, ages 13 and 15. Their mother, Joey, told authorities that she used it as a reward for when the girls went to school, and for doing homework and chores. Chad also admitted to smoking pot with the girls, in addition to snorting cocaine with them and one of their boyfriends in his truck on at least one occasion. They also have a third daughter in preschool, but there's no evidence she was involved in any of this.
Chad Mudd in happier times. (via Facebook)
Joey Mudd was charged with two counts of child abuse and released on $5,000 bond. She has been ordered to have no contact with her children, who are in the care of a relative. Chad Mudd was released later, but faces six counts of child abuse and one count of cocaine possession. They would both be very lucky to retain custody of any of their daughters.
As much as these two fucked up, you have to feel bad for them. From Chad Mudd's Facebook page, you can tell how much he loves his daughters. He just has a really serious irresponsible streak. Really, the Mudds' worst crime was that they continued this behavior, despite knowing that if they were caught, they would be separated from their kids. Now it's happened, and there's no going back. Nobody gets a happy ending.