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Korean couple addicted to virtual life let real-life baby starve to death

Korean couple addicted to virtual life let real-life baby starve to death

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  • raabta01 raabta01's Avatar 03-04-10 | 02:43 PM
  • Man, and I'm worried enough about Leslie playing that Farmville crap!fficeffice" />

    Korean couple addicted to virtual life let real-life baby starve to death

    By Rhodri Philips
    The Sun/NewsCore
    Last Updated: 10:34 AM, March 4, 2010
    Posted: 10:30 AM, March 4, 2010

    A Korean couple addicted to computer games let their real-life baby starve to death while raising a virtual daughter online, police said Thursday.
    The couple spent up to 12 hours a day at Internet cafes, leaving their three-month-old daughter home alone at their apartment in ffice:smarttags" />Suwon, South Korea.
    Police said the couple became obsessed with living online and neglected their real lives.
    They raised an avatar baby through their Second Life profiles, while their real daughter was given just one bottle of milk a day.
    Father Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and mom Choi Mi-sun, 25, called the emergency services when they returned from one online session in September last year and found their daughter dead. "We found she had passed away when we woke up in the morning," they said.
    But cops became suspicious about how severely dehydrated the baby was.
    A spokesman for the National Scientific Criminal and Investigation Laboratory, which carried out an autopsy on the girl, said, "She appears to have starved to death because she was not fed for such a long period of time."
    The girl was initially well cared for by her grandmother, but her health deteriorated after she moved back in with her parents.
    Police tried to arrest the parents, but they disappeared after the baby's funeral.
    Authorities caught up with them Tuesday and charged them with child abuse and neglect.
    The couple told police of their guilt after their arrests.
    "Due to our sense of guilt, we have not been to a PC gaming room over these five months," they said.
    Online games are massively popular in South Korea.
  • Keepers Keepers's Avatar 03-04-10 | 02:49 PM
  • Thats horrible. How can you forget you have a baby that needs you??? I hope they get what they deserve.

    O/T--Hey i am a farmville addict, tell your wife to look me up lol

    Last edited by Keepers; 03-04-10 at 02:52 PM..
  • savannah33 savannah33's Avatar 03-04-10 | 02:55 PM
  • OMG how horrid. What cruel selfish people they are. I hope they are starved to death as punishment.
  • 2babygirls 2babygirls's Avatar 03-04-10 | 03:40 PM
  • Their addiction to the game is an excuse they are trying to use to appease their guilt.

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