Cops: Vietnam Girl Is Killed for Online Game Money
Teen boy allegedly stole 7-year-old neighbor's earrings
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 31, 2011 9:27 AM CDT
Vietnamese students surf the Internet and play online games at an Internet cafe in Hanoi.   (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh)

(Newser) – A Vietnamese teenager who allegedly killed his 7-year-old neighbor to steal her gold earrings to pay for computer games has been arrested. The 15-year-old was taken into custody a day after he allegedly beat the girl's head with rocks and fled with her earrings. The girl died of brain injuries four days later. The boy told police he planned to kill the girl while they were in the jungle picking fruit so he could pay for his online game addiction.

Violent crime is rare in Vietnam, but several murders involving online games have been reported. Authorities have been tightening restrictions on online computer use, including how late game centers can stay open.
 

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