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California Couple Arrested For Neglecting, Imprisoning Children To Play World Of Warcraft

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Lester Louis Huffmire and Petra Huffmire, both 41 and of Anaheim, were arraigned this week on charges of child abuse and false imprisonment for confining and neglecting two girls, ages 5 and 10, in a filthy motorhome for two years. The Huffmires were reportedly unemployed, and spent all of their time playing the Blizzard MMOG World of Warcraft.

The District Attorney’s press release describes the terrible conditions:

Between May 21, 2010, and May 20, 2013, the defendants are accused of keeping the mobile park home unsanitary and uninhabitable, including kitchen appliances covered in mold and cobwebs, stacks of trash, debris, mold, and feces throughout the home, a pile of used condoms under a stuffed teddy bear, and inoperable toilets. They are accused of keeping the mobile park home in this condition while Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #2 lived there.

It adds that the girls were not allowed to leave for any reason, and did not attend school; and that when discovered, the girls had ”dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, damaged teeth beyond repair, and [were] malnourished.”

The reports are unclear as to how the Huffmires are related to the girls.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time negligent parents have been found to be fans of WoW. In 2005, a Korean 4-month-old infant suffocated to death after her parents left her alone for hours to play the game at a cafe.

And in 2011, Rebecca Colleen Christie was sentenced to 25 years in prison for allowing her 3-year-old daughter to die of malnourishment and dehydration. Christie was an avid WoW player, and her computer showed continuous activity for fifteen hours on the day her daughter died.

Of course, none of these stories are really about gaming and WoW; they’re about severely diseased and criminal parents. If it wasn’t WoW, these people probably would have found something else to do while neglecting children.

But just in case you’re still unclear: keeping children alive is more important that your online raid.

[via DigitalTrends]

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