Dungeons and Dragon Players Neglect Their Children

From http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_re_us/neglect_internet_addiction

Nev. couple blame Internet for neglect
Mon Jul 16, 8:09 AM ET
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.”

My thoughts: It’s not the internet’s fault they were bad parents. It’s their own fault. Even if they are truly addicted to it, it didn’t make them do it. Many things have the potential to become addictive. Someone who was obsessed with playing baseball could blame the sport for why they were a bad parent and it would sound ridiculous as well. If this article is accurate, then these parents are horrible. No one is perfect, but to let your own children almost die is wrong.


10 Comments to “Dungeons and Dragon Players Neglect Their Children”

  1. Wow that is crazy. I mean if you don’t want kids use birth control you know ?

  2. For real. TWO kids at that.

  3. My husband and I are both gamers, both in role playing and video games, and we’ve never neglected our kids. The kids play with us now, but even when they were little, their needs always came first. That’s pretty lame to blame teh intarwebs for neglecting their kids. Stoopid peoples.

  4. EXACTLY! They have no excuse. They’re trying to place the blame on something else.

  5. So Right!
    There’s enough information and pamphlets out there and since they’re tech-savvy they coulda researched it on the net ㅋㅋ Plus with the 50K they could have hired a babysitter.

  6. Nowadays
    You know how it is nowadays, the Oprahrification, the Dr. Philizization of society makes it so that nothing’s our fault. Even in Korea, if a parent’s kids are stupid or doesn’t study or gets low test scores, it’s the teacher’s or the school’s or the Korean education system’s fault!!!!! Back in the days, if I got a low test score, I couldn’t sit for a week. I think the solution is the old-fashioned leather on their behinds!!!! I bet these terrible parent’s kids’ parents didn’t apply a little leather to their backsides!!!!!! And for those who are against corporal punishment, kiss my tuckus, apparently when I’m out in the mall and your kids are acting crazy that tells me you let the monkeys run the zoo and you aren’t taking the responsibility of teaching your kids sense either.

  7. Re: Nowadays
    It’s like when someone shoots up their high school and they blame it on movies and music.
    In my high school, the kids were so spoiled that if they messed up and got a poor grade on their report cards, their lawyer parents would threaten the teachers and school and they would end up changing the students’ grades. I know sometimes teachers or schools grade unfairly, but this clearly wasn’t a case of that. These were spoiled brats who were used to getting their way because Mommy and Daddy were “important”.
    And don’t get me started on people and their wild kids. When I was at the grocery store as a kid, my mother taught me to watch out for other people and to behave myself. I know raising kids must be tough, but a lot of times these kids are acting horribly while the parent is standing next to them and doesn’t react at all. The parent just keeps looking at the boxes of cereal and isn’t even phased by what their kids are doing. When I worked retail I noticed a lot of parents thought that the store employees were their babysitters while they were there. Nope. That’s not how it works. It got so bad at one store that we actually had to put up a sign saying that customers are responsible for their own kids.
    Then there are the little kids that jump out in the middle of traffic at midnight and if I didn’t SLAM on my brakes, I would have hit them. Why are they even outside and awake by themselves at that time of the night? Of course, if I would’ve accidentally hit them, the parents would be trying to sue me.

  8. Re: Nowadays
    Oh wow, someone in their 20’s that’s got sense LOL. Then again you had an old school Korean momma, you know they don’t play LMAO unfortunately the Dr Phil philosophy reached Korea too now. That really sucks. I always say, if people ain’t go respect for you, you have to instill fear in them. Cuz if you want to get philosophical, I tell Christians this all the time, men operate on 4 levels
    1. beast like (doing what feels good without regard to consequences)
    2. menlike (acting like a damn human being with sense)
    3. angel (to be above the BS and actually practicing what you preach)
    4. God like (to be one with God)
    I like to tell Christians this cuz I’m not a Christian yet I know more about their Bible than they do and they go to church every week? What’s wrong with this picture??
    So, when people want to operate at the beast like level, in order to deal with animals, it’s all about who’s the pack leader, etc etc etc and to deal with that it’s all about instilling fear cuz they don’t understand the concept of respect. I’m glad all the weighlifting is paying off cuz I’m bigger than the average person (white folks or Asian folks, I hate when Asian people tell they can’t get big, that’s BS, just lift hard and heavy and eat!) so that helps when I get angry at people.
    There was a time some old man hit me on the triceps with his side view mirror, so I punched his window and he started cussing me out and I cussed him out too and I told him to step out and he looked me up and down and thought twice and drove on and about a 100 meters later he hit a girl with his side view mirror (this was a crowded alley in Seoul so he was only going 5 mph), another time I’m talking to my friends and a dude had the nerves to bump into me and he was about to start s**t then when he saw my backside he thought twice (I didn’t see this but the friend I was talking to told me that happened).
    I think there’s a correlation between how comfortable a society becomes and their etiquette level (and don’t forget work ethic). That’s why I disrespect city people (and I disrespect suburb boys even more) cuz I think they’re soft. Though I’ve lived in big cities all my life, (Seoul, Tokyo, LA), deep in my heart I always consider myself a country island boy (my parents are Chejudo folks).
    My motto: A country boy can survive in the city, but a city boy can’t survive in the country.
    Glad to know your momma taught you right. Then again you have a Korean momma, so that should be accepted as an Axiom, (and I’m not saying this cuz I’m Korean)

  9. no one is perfect. there are no perfect parents, but those people are bastards! babies dont just go quietly inot the dark. they let you know when they are hungry or need attention. they dont give up after a few minutes. thats shocking!

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