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Mods, sorry if there's already a topic like this. I already checked the threads index.

I saw this news on Yahoo.com, and I just found it interesting how a couple would get obsessed over the computer and video games.


Here's the story: (credits to Yahoo)

RENO, Nev. - A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.

The children of Michael and Iana Straw, a boy age 22 months and a girl age 11 months, were severely malnourished and near death last month when doctors saw them after social workers took them to a hospital, authorities said. Both children are doing well and gaining weight in foster care, prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Michael Straw, 25, and Iana Straw, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts each of child neglect. Each faces a maximum 12-year prison sentence.

Viloria said the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons & Dragons" series, 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," Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.

Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking, investigators said.

The Straws have been given public defenders. Jeremy Bosler, head of the county public defender's office, declined to comment to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Michael Straw is an unemployed cashier, and his wife worked for a temporary staffing agency doing warehouse work, according to court records. He received a $50,000 inheritance that he spent on computer equipment and a large plasma television, authorities said.

While child abuse because of drug addiction is common, abuse rooted in video game addiction is rare, Viloria said.

Last month, experts at an American Medical Association meeting backed away from a proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder, saying it had to be studied further. Some said the issue is like alcoholism, while others said there was no concrete evidence it's a psychological disease.

Patrick Killen, spokesman for Nevada Child Abuse Prevention, said video game addiction's correlation to child abuse is "a new spin on an old problem."

"As we become more technologically advanced, there's more distractions," Killen said. "It's easy for someone to get addicted to something and neglect their children. Whether it's video games or meth, it's a serious issue, and (we) need to become more aware of it."


What do you guys think?

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my god, that's just sad.. i'd slap the parents if i had the chance..
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adults play dungeons and dragons??
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I teared when I heard about the children, but I lmfao at the parents.
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^Haha. I guess that proves it. Why would adults be busy enough, playing video games on the computer, that they didn't even notice the sicknesses that their children had?

Geez...it's sad.
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I wonder how they got found out. Perhaps the burgeoning electric bill and the deflating grocery bill was an indicator?

I'm thinking those jerks remembered to feed themselves.
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wow too busy playing video games?? that doesnt seem very.. mature of them. sure wouldnt want them for my parents.
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iluffquincy wrote:

Mods, sorry if there's already a topic like this. I already checked the threads index.

I saw this news on Yahoo.com, and I just found it interesting how a couple would get obsessed over the computer and video games.

Here's the story: (credits to Yahoo)

RENO, Nev. - A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect.

The children of Michael and Iana Straw, a boy age 22 months and a girl age 11 months, were severely malnourished and near death last month when doctors saw them after social workers took them to a hospital, authorities said. Both children are doing well and gaining weight in foster care, prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Michael Straw, 25, and Iana Straw, 23, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts each of child neglect. Each faces a maximum 12-year prison sentence.

Viloria said the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons & Dragons" series, 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," Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.

Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking, investigators said.

The Straws have been given public defenders. Jeremy Bosler, head of the county public defender's office, declined to comment to The Associated Press on Saturday.

Michael Straw is an unemployed cashier, and his wife worked for a temporary staffing agency doing warehouse work, according to court records. He received a $50,000 inheritance that he spent on computer equipment and a large plasma television, authorities said.

While child abuse because of drug addiction is common, abuse rooted in video game addiction is rare, Viloria said.

Last month, experts at an American Medical Association meeting backed away from a proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder, saying it had to be studied further. Some said the issue is like alcoholism, while others said there was no concrete evidence it's a psychological disease.

Patrick Killen, spokesman for Nevada Child Abuse Prevention, said video game addiction's correlation to child abuse is "a new spin on an old problem."

"As we become more technologically advanced, there's more distractions," Killen said. "It's easy for someone to get addicted to something and neglect their children. Whether it's video games or meth, it's a serious issue, and (we) need to become more aware of it."

What do you guys think?


That is terrible
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Damn babies should learn to get their own food.
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This is why some people should not reproduce..
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iluffquincy wrote:



"As we become more technologically advanced, there's more distractions," Killen said. "It's easy for someone to get addicted to something and neglect their children. Whether it's video games or meth, it's a serious issue, and (we) need to become more aware of it."



I thought this statement was lol. They were just bad parents. There's a huge difference between meth and video games.

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dipshits is all i have to say
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DigitalRyo wrote:

Damn babies should learn to get their own food.


I have no idea if your making a joke or whatever, but seriously.
It's a 11 month old baby and it's sibling, they don't know where they're food comes from!
The only thing they knew was that it came from their parents at one time, and then all of a sudden it didn't.
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RAWRxKITTY wrote:


DigitalRyo wrote:

Damn babies should learn to get their own food.


I have no idea if your making a joke or whatever, but seriously.
It's a 11 month old baby and it's sibling, they don't know where they're food comes from!
The only thing they knew was that it came from their parents at one time, and then all of a sudden it didn't.


If they're 11 months they cant get food on their own anyways, so dunno wat the parent or guardian is doing... but better feed that baby!
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fr33z3r wrote:

adults play dungeons and dragons??


uh... yeah.
people who are older than me play it a lot more than i do.
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