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Old 07-15-2007, 11:36 PM   #1
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Internet-Obsessed Couple Let Kids Starve

RENO, Nev. (July 15) - 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."




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Old 07-15-2007, 11:40 PM   #2
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"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."


umm..WHAT?!!! drugs i can see. that is a chemical addiction. but internet and video games? gimme a fuken break.:BangHead: :BangHead: :BangHead: :BangHead:
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"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."


umm..WHAT?!!! drugs i can see. that is a chemical addiction. but internet and video games? gimme a fuken break.:BangHead: :BangHead: :BangHead: :BangHead:
u know they have to make an excuse for everything
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ummmm yea thats ****ed up
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"umm..WHAT?!!! drugs i can see. that is a chemical addiction. but internet and video games? gimme a fuken break."

an addiction is just that.... Drugs, Alcohol, Internet etc. The one thing that irks me with it all.. is that of all of them Alcoholism is referred to a 'disease' and the others are not.
You it's not communicable, you cant "get it" from someone else...it's just like any other addiction.
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There is something addicting about games like World of Warcraft, EverQuest and D&D online. People can just play these games without regard for reality since theyre living in a virtual world. It's easy to get sucked in and lose track very quickly, its happened to me. Fortunately, I got over it after a few months following the release of WoW. I'd bet hundreds of thousands of people are addicted to the point where it controls their lives. They think about the next time they get to play the game; it controls every aspect of their lives from eating and sleeping to taking care of their children. It's unfortunate that people can get so wrapped up in these games, but it's not "retarded", it's a serious issue that the publishers of these games should address.
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yea cause they suck at life
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yea cause they suck at life

Can you prove that you are a perfectly developed individual.
Give those 'parents' some credit, at least they pled guilty.

How many would have pled some other way and tried to blame it on society or someone else?
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yea i give them credit for knowing they are bad parents
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I agree it is an addition my brother will stay up all night and play that sh&t then have to go to work the next day when I go over his place I can never sleep all I hear is the game all night. No he has no kids or a girl, but that is addicting as . For this reason I never touch that

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It's a wonder they even had time to make babies....
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Give those 'parents' some credit, at least they pled guilty.
How many would have pled some other way and tried to blame it on society or someone else?
they were prolly told if they pleaded guilty they would get a lesser sentence, not sayin its wat happin but it seems the way things work
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