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15th July 07, 04:39 PM
Nev. Couple Blame Internet for Neglect

Jul 15, 7:11 AM (ET)

RENO, Nev. (AP) - 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."


15th July 07, 04:49 PM

15th July 07, 04:50 PM
Darwinism (almost) wins again!

15th July 07, 04:50 PM
Don't worry! Folks like polishillusion are gonna fix it!

15th July 07, 08:20 PM
As much as I am an asshole online, i wish there was a way I could certify my ability to perform my job properly in "real life". This is a sad sad situation which i never wish on any child.

Yiktin Voxbane
15th July 07, 09:57 PM
This isn't news as sadly we've seen it before , perhaps not this particular case . I recall a trailer park couple actually starving one of their kids to death , back when EQ 1 was the only *Player* in town .

Asshats .

Mr. Jones
16th July 07, 04:24 AM
As much as I am an asshole online, i wish there was a way I could certify my ability to perform my job properly in "real life". This is a sad sad situation which i never wish on any child.

Asshole? I thought they got on your ass because you threw a bitch fit about something.

16th July 07, 07:41 PM
What I can't understand is how meth addiction is comparable to gaming addiction. Why can't we just say it is because these people were selfish, and leave it at that.

16th July 07, 07:43 PM
That is nowhere near as bad as the vegan parents who starved their kid to death by refusing to breast feed and feeding it only apple juice and soy milk.

Fucking hippies.

18th July 07, 04:37 PM
Another reason to hate fatbeards.
I'm mainly surprised that someone who plays enough MMO's to starve a child managed to produce one.