Baby Starves While Parents Tend to Virtual Child: Cops
But their virtual baby was doing great
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 5, 2010 12:22 PM CST
People use computers at an Internet cafe in China in this file photo.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A South Korean couple has been arrested for allegedly letting their real-life 3-month-old daughter starve to death while they cared for a virtual baby in an online game. Police say the 41-year-old father and 25-year-old mother spent 12 hours a night playing the Second Life-style online game PRIUS at an internet café. After one marathon session last September, they returned home to find their real daughter dead and called police.

The girl appeared suspiciously dehydrated, and an autopsy revealed that she had died of malnourishment. The parents have been charged with child abuse and neglect. They’ve admitted to feeding the girl rotten powdered milk and frequently spanking her. At one point, her grandparents took the girl, worried that their son’s internet addiction was causing him to neglect her; they returned her 2 weeks before her death.

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Mar 12, 2010 10:20 PM CST
I really cannot understand why they were so obsessed with a virtual version of what they had at home, I suppose people are too used to it being easy, if the virtual baby cries too much then switch off the computer so the reality "shocked" them. Either way they both need their sexual organs removing.
Mar 11, 2010 7:53 AM CST
I don't get it. Why is everyone so upset?
Mar 7, 2010 6:48 AM CST
It seems likely to me that they may have gone to internet cafes to escape the cries of their starving baby. A long prison term and a diet of "rotten powdered milk" sounds like just the thing for these monsters.