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Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby sportsaddict » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:34 pm

Just take care of your kids :-t

Nev. couple blame Internet for neglect

Mon Jul 16, 8:09 AM ET

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.
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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."


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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby KCollins1304 » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:42 pm

wow, that is horrible :-t
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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby josebach » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:45 pm

I'm suprised somebody that stupid even knows how to operate a computer. 8-o
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Postby sportsfan1433 » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:53 pm

:-t :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t :-t Tht is bad
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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby Yoda » Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:39 pm

I wonder what game they were playing?
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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby teddy ballgame » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:02 pm

Pathetic. :-t I hope they get the maximum punishment.

Yoda wrote:I wonder what game they were playing?

mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons & Dragons" series
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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby TheA'sFatLeadoffMan » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:23 pm

Wouldn't it of been hiliariously ironic if it was Cooking Mama Cook Off for the Wii, or am I just bound for hell?

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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby brewcrew4you » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:41 pm

TheA'sFatLeadoffMan wrote:Wouldn't it of been hiliariously ironic if it was Cooking Mama Cook Off for the Wii, or am I just bound for h***?

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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby CadensDad » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:41 pm

lol, spent all the money on computer and plasma tv.
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Re: Unbelievable- these parents should go away for life

Postby J35J » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:44 pm

I'm suprised you don't read more cases of this with guitar hero!


...with that said, these parents should be locked away and not fed but only every 3 or 4 days. ;-D
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