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Parents Neglect Children for D&D Online

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by vagrant, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. vagrant

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    Ok so I read this article earlier today but I decided to share it here because of how ****ed up it is.
    There is an article on MSN also but it is still in developement so I'll link to this one.
    http://gamerush.zoomshare.com/files...geons_Dragons_leave_babies_to_starve_News.htm

    "U.S. authorities say a couple from Reno, Nevada was so obsessed with playing video games online that they left their babies to starve.
    According to the Sunday Telegraph, the parents have now pleaded guilty to child neglect after their 22-month-old boy and 11-month-old girl were found severely malnourished and close to death.

    The girl, weighing just 10 pounds, reportedly had to have her head shaved because it was matted with cat urine. She also suffered from a mouth infection, dry skin, and severe dehydration. Her brother was treated for starvation, a genital infection, and, due to lack of muscle development, difficulty walking.

    The children are now doing well and regaining weight in foster care. Their parents, Michael Straw, 25, and Iana Straw, 23, now face up to 12 years in prison. Prosecutors say the couple was too distracted playing Dungeons & Dragons online to give their children proper care.

    “They had food, they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games,” said Kelli Ann Viloria, a public prosecutor.

    Straw is an unemployed cashier and his wife does warehouse work for a staffing agency. The couple reportedly spent a $50,000 inheritance on computer equipment and a plasma television. "
     
  2. Kiwi

    Kiwi Drug Addicts Unite

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    What the ****? Dungeons And Dragons? if your gonna get addicted to a game at least let it be something like WoW.

    But it's sad hearing about these kids, at least they survived.
     
  3. vagrant

    vagrant ₪ ۩ ₪

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    lmao that's basically what everyone on Digg said also.
     
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    thats nuts...they probly just assumed there kids would have a reset button if they died...
    CONTINUE?...10,9,8,7,6,5,4.....
     
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    En4Neo Jet-Set-Jesse

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    Fantasy should be banned!
     
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    I wish I had a "laughing floor" :(
     
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    dammmmmmmmmmn! Most be a good game. But wait its D&D? wow..
     
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    DaPantz Chiptune Freak

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    I came to this topic enraged that something so tragic could happen.

    After reading this post, I leave laughing hysterically!
     
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    Trulen Isn't here as much

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    Hardcore gamers with kids.
    Yikes.

    I hope the children get lied to about their raising.
    'Cause I'd be better off not knowing that my parents would rather a game over me.
     
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    Especially since the game was dungeons and dragons. Like c'mon. And WoW is not much better :lol:

    Sucks for those kids though.
     
  11. zeon9881

    zeon9881 Slowly drifting away

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    moron's

    i swear to god how the hell can you weigh 10 pounds......

    the parents deserve what they got
     
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    Wow... thats pathetic..

    Hopefully the kids next caretakers, guardians etc take a lot better care of them.
     
  13. Kiwi

    Kiwi Drug Addicts Unite

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    Anything they get will be better then what they had before.
     
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    Trying to make a joke about parenting "levels" or something - but its just not happening...
    bah.
     
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    Wii_Smurf No.1 Smurf

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    The funniest part of this story:

    However, Very tradgic. D&D sucks
     

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