Two parents played video games while their children starved and some people are worried about "addiction" to video games.
RENO, Nev. - A couple 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.
They'll spend 1-2 years in prison, after which they'll get the kids back, just watch. Even more outrageous:
â€œThey had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games,â€ Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal. ...
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.
What's wrong with just just calling this neglect the evil it is and dismissing these people from civilized society? But no, there must be a way to cast the abusers as victims themselves.
Patrick Killen, spokesman for Nevada Child Abuse Prevention, said video game addictionâ€™s correlation to child abuse is â€œa new spin on an old problem.â€
â€œAs we become more technologically advanced, thereâ€™s more distractions,â€ Killen said. â€œItâ€™s easy for someone to get addicted to something and neglect their children. Whether itâ€™s video games or meth, itâ€™s a serious issue, and (we) need to become more aware of it.â€
If "addiction" means "I'd rather do something fun than take care of my responsibilities" then hey, we're all addicts! The term becomes meaningless when it can be used to describe anything and everything under the sun.