Sunday, July 15, 2007

When Keepin' It Goth Goes Wrong.

I'll freely admit that I sometimes play video games a bit too much, as AverageSis frequently lets me know (and then some). Naturally I disagree. I think every man should have a semi-constructive veg-out/release, and hey, as long at it doesn't involve other women or copious amounts of Hennessey, I say we call it heads or tails.

Then again since I'm a bball junkie, I'm just playing NBA 2k. I've never been too much into shoot em' ups like Grand Theft Auto or SoCom. Reality, more specifically sports, is just my thing. Not that I begrudge people who play hour upon hour of Super Mario their own indulgences, but I just can't disconnect from the real world that much.

Somebody might want to explain the difference between fantasy and reality to these freaks.

A Nevada couple has pleaded guilty to child neglect, blaming the neglect of their 2 babies on the addiction to the Internet and video games, according to authorities.

Michael and Iana Straw neglected their children, 1 boy age 22 months and a girl age 11 months. Each child was severely malnourished and near death last month when doctors first saw them after they were taken from their parents by social workers, according to the AP.

Reportedly, both children are doing well and have gained weight since being placed in foster care, prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Michael Straw, 25, and his wife Iana Straw, 23, pled guilty on Friday to two counts each of child neglect. The couple each faces a maximum of 12-years in prison.

Viloria said the couple were too distracted playing online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing "Dungeons and Dragons", to care for their children properly.
But, but, but, but, wait. It gets worse.
"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.

Authorities report that hospital personnel had to shave the head of the little girl, because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 11-month old girl weighed only 10 pounds, had a mouth infection and suffered from dry skin and severe dehydration.

The 22-month old boy was treated for starvation and a genital infection. Because of his lack of muscle development, he has a hard time walking.
If the complete lack of common sense and neglect of the children weren't so disgusting, this story might even be a bit funny.

Seriously, who spends so much time playing video games that they can't manage to feed their kids. Mix in a trip to the park. Heat up some Emfamil. Turn on SpongeBob. Damn, do somethin'.

Thankfully, the fine folks at protective services have the kids, and prayerfully they'll regain their health and still thrive with what will undoubtedly be a new set of parents.

Sadly for Michael and Iana Straw, their fantasy lives won't continue. They don't have PS2 in prison. Perhaps a cold dose of reality is just what these two need anyway.

Couple Blames Neglect Of 2 Babies On Their Internet Addiction [Post Chronicle]

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