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qanda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:06 PM
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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.

More:

http://news.aol.com/story/_a/internet-obsessed-couple-l...

What in the world is wrong with people?
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:07 PM
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1. Obviously Jack Chick was right.
Dungeons and Dragons is harmful to children.
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bryant69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:09 PM
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2. Could be Idiots are dangerous to children - but what do I know
I've already been corrupted by Dungeons and Dragons. Off to my daily sacrifice to Pazuzu.

Bryant
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:14 PM
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5. Always been more of a Yeenoghu kind of guy myself...
n/t
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tjwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:21 PM
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9. Ha....Demogorgon will kick both their asses
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:25 PM
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10. and Orcus would kick his
Of course all in the vast machinations of Asmodeus...

Just kill me now.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:26 PM
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12. Excuse me, but Juibilex is gonna outlast them all.
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 03:26 PM by Bornaginhooligan
The Jube abides.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:28 PM
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13. After he's done whooping Zuggtmoy's ass...
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 03:29 PM by YOY
Seriously "Lady of Fungus"...talk about getting the short end of the stick in terms of demonic domains...

There's gotta be some FReeper troll writing all these names down, thinking we're into demon worship... The very thought makes me giggle.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:31 PM
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14. Hey, I like fungus.
And I think we're going to be seeing a lot more of it, now that Juibilex ate my Amulet of Yendor and ascended to godhood.
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:33 PM
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15. Rogue??? Amulet of Yendor???
I haven't seen that in ages!
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:35 PM
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17. variant
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:12 PM
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3. A 12-year prison sentence will solve the problem?
America, the Prison Culture. :eyes:



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cynatnite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:14 PM
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4. They should lose their kids...
and be punished for abuse and neglect.
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gatorboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:15 PM
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6. Bah! There go my BEST Ebay customers!
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 03:29 PM by gatorboy
Your positive feedback will be cherished.

Did these people not have jobs? Certainly they took time to feed themselves. The online gaming angle makes the story more interesting, but I'd gather that these two clowns would probably be just as worthless as parents even if the internet was not an issue.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:16 PM
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7. and i thought DUers were bad
P3WN3D
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Terran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:25 PM
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11. lol!
ZOMG! UB3R P0WNAG3!!!!!11111
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Caoimhe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:17 PM
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8. Yet somehow they find the time to f*%#!
IDIOTS!
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:34 PM
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16. The youngest baby was the last Straw.
I'm going to Hell for this, I know.
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