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Baby Starves To Death While Parents Raise Virtual Child

A man and a woman have been arrested for letting their infant daughter starve to death while they raised a virtual child in the online game PRIUS. The Korean couple, known only as the Kims, returned home after a 12-hour gaming session at a "PC Bang" Internet parlor to find their baby dead. Tests confirmed the child had died of malnutrition.

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ClownBelt2726d ago

WTF? Those two are dumbasses.

AliTheBrit192726d ago

Yeah its about as sick as it gets, do they have capital punishment in Korea?

UnSelf2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

then who's goin to raise the virtual child?

nah but seriously this is disgusting but i wish ppl would lstop screaming death penalty at every turn like thats goin to somehow subdue ppl from doin outrageous crimes

These ppl should spend the rest of life in prison, allowed to live to remember the suffering the caused others.

Sadly, if Korea is anything like America, this may only be classified as Negligible Homicide and they may only get Murder 2 or even Man 1

pangitkqb2726d ago

And beat them up if they cry.

Greywulf2726d ago

"death penalty?
then who's goin to raise the virtual child?
"

Holy..#$@[email protected].. lol..you're going to hell..

mcnablejr2726d ago

i love the *insert clearly innapropriate comment* followed by ''nar but seriously''..

FamilyGuy2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

The kid was left at home alone?

Why didn't the chicks parents feed it while they were gone so long?

Geez, they admitted to feeding it rotten powered milk too...

deafwing2726d ago

WTF ... that's in-human.

mcnablejr2726d ago

or was it meant to be a pun?

Megaton2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

I remember a very similar article awhile back about some WoW addicts who let their baby starve to death cause they didn't wanna stop playing. These instances both remind me of the scene in Trainspotting where the woman discovers that her baby is dead after much neglect from doing junk. Very sad.

deafwing2726d ago

take your pick -

inhuman - Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel.
inhumane - Lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion;

according to thefreedictionary.com so perhaps they fit both.

sikbeta2726d ago

AH...GOD... couple of Idiots!..Now Zealots and Dinosaurs will point with their finger and blame everything Game-Related

Pebz2726d ago

"I am for the death penalty. Who commits terrible acts must get a fitting punishment. That way he learns the lesson for the next time."
- Britney Spears

Not like such punishment will prevent this from happening again in other cases either, because I'm pretty sure someone who forgets that their baby is home alone and starving is not really in a clear state of mind and "oh, I could get the death penalty for this" is the last thing they are thinking about.

I'm suspecting there is more to it than "evil parents that deserve to die", like perhaps them raising a virtual daughter cause they didn't know how to raise a real one and were trying to learn. Or perhaps just plain gaming addiction, which I'm sure most here have experienced at some level, that at a serious level can make someone forget pretty much everything else.

Such things happen, and no punishment or examples set will change that, because in most cases it's a symptom of a problem, not the root of the problem itself.

Raz2726d ago

Explain to me the point of raising a virtual child when you have a REAL one at home, starving. If you think you can learn anything about raising children from a simulator, you obviously have never had children.

You can point to this as a result of a larger issue, but that doesn't change the simple fact of the matter: they fed a real baby rotten milk and left it to starve while they got their game on. A couple of unemployed deadbeats living with their parents.

And I realize how disconnected we get reading things over the Internet, but try and understand that real life is a bit more visceral - 'these things just happen' is not something you say in connection with the death of a child. Everything "just happens"; actually living it is something else entirely.

Pebz2726d ago

"Explain to me the point of raising a virtual child when you have a REAL one at home, starving. If you think you can learn anything about raising children from a simulator, you obviously have never had children.

You can point to this as a result of a larger issue, but that doesn't change the simple fact of the matter: they fed a real baby rotten milk and left it to starve while they got their game on. A couple of unemployed deadbeats living with their parents."

Well, it's not about what I think or what you think, it's about what those parents think, isn't it? Perhaps they never had children before and thought they could learn something from it, as you yourself said such a person could do. The point is we don't know what they were thinking, we can't simply superimpose our situation and knowledge on other people and judge them from that perspective. Not if we want to know why and what actually happened, rather than just get some empty satisfaction because they got punished for it.

"And I realize how disconnected we get reading things over the Internet, but try and understand that real life is a bit more visceral - 'these things just happen' is not something you say in connection with the death of a child. Everything "just happens"; actually living it is something else entirely."

I didn't say these things "just happen", as in "I don't care", I said these things happen whether punishment is given or not, because they are not necessarily acts of "evil people", but perhaps a symptom of something deeper.

ButterToast2726d ago

reason #562 why some people shouldn't be allowed to procreate.

JsonHenry2726d ago

forced castration and whatever the normal penalty for murder is where they live is what I would throw at them.

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mikeslemonade2726d ago

I didn't know Bungie was Korean and his last name is Kim.

Kurt Russell2726d ago

Hehe, sound like a rubbish version of the movie Trainspotting!

Those of you who have responded death penalty are chumps... Nobody should be able to decide that, especially a spotty 15 year old.

Terry Tate2726d ago

They let the child starve to death. They KNOWINGLY fed it ROTTEN POWDERED MILK!! They frakin SPANKED a 9 month old baby becuase it was crying.
I'm so furious right now. I'm a single father of three. All my children live with me and they are the most important thing in the world. How could these people do this?
Some feel the death peanlty is too harsh. It's not. Period. These people deserve to be put to death, in much the same way that they killed their baby. Just put them in a cell with some rotten food, beat them regularly and let them waste away. Good riddance.

mastiffchild2725d ago

No, killing these idiots would not be the right thing to do. surely, if we want to stop future happenings of a similar nature we must find out the whys and whens and hows of the case. See if we can't find things an outsider could spot in other families where this is at risk of happening and maybe even create an atmosphere where people, like these, with serious problems feel able to come forward for help in raising their actual, real life child/children, no? We kill them we lose any chance of them making anything even slightly better for them and throw away any chance we have of learning why this happens and preventing it happening again.

Honestly, I'm of the mind that two wrongs don't make a right and a society that punishes violence with violence sends some very dangerously mixed messages to it's citizens anyway. However, on top of that I feel it's like throwing the baby out with the bath water to do so when understanding and prevention of future tragedies could come about through intelligently working with these fools. There has to be triggers that make this happen and signs that could warn us if and when it is, no? Surely that's a better option than just letting them off the hook with an early death which saves them from ever facing up to what they did to their own child-I'd prefer we find SOME small shred of good in the mess and let them think about what they did for the rest of their lives. Let it eat at them.

Christ, we don't know everything about them. for all we know either or both could be mentally sufficient or psychotic or anything and need to know just what went n and, more importantly in many ways , why. then, amybe, some child in the future may be a little luckier. RIP little one, God bless. Sad, sad times we live in.

SuperStrokey11232725d ago

This makes me so freaking angry, I would give anything up just to make my little girl smile once, and these losers go and kill their baby. It just makes me want to scream.

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Farmhand2726d ago

it makes me sick to my stomach that my favorite hobby (video games) can lead to the death of a helpless child. What I would like to see done to these people cant be described in detail here at N4G or on any other site.

Bubbles is correct though, these people need to live a long life in prison, with the walls of their cell covered with pics of the child.

cyborg69712726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

Why let them live off of other people in jail for eighty years for dumb. You conservatives need to quit stagnating progression and get a back bone.

Megaton2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

"You conservatives need to quit stagnating progression and get a back bone."

^ lolwut

Pro-DP is typically a Republican/conservative point of view.
Anti-DP is typically a Democrat/liberal point of view.

Kurylo3d2726d ago

i dont know what democrats uve been talkn too, but all the dems i know(including myself ) are pro death penalty....

I mean really.. put them in prison and remind them of their child to make them sad? Really?

That same child they fed rotten food too.. beat and starved to death... Do you really think they care about the childs death.

Darkfocus2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

when a convicts on death row they can file as many appeals as they want and usually with a state appointed lawyer too, and those appeals have to be fought with by a another state appointed lawyer and then a judge also payed by the state has to decide the case. this process continues for years and there's also the chance that an innocent person is being sent to their death.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009...

http://www.deathpenaltyinfo...

http://www.deathpenalty.org...

cyborg69712726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

Yea well then shorten the appeals system and do you know how much it costs counties and states to house one inmate per year? 21,000.00 times oh say 60 65 years what do you come up with? Your argument doesn't hold water.

Below I wish I could but I'm at work. I'll check them out when I get home.

Darkfocus2726d ago (Edited 2726d ago )

maybe you should read some of the links before hastily jumping to conclusions

second links got a hole bunch examples with data backing it up

nefertis2726d ago

I hope the parents dont drop the soap if they live in prison. Playb3yond

FadeToBlack2725d ago

Let them spend the rest of their life in jail??
Why, so tax payer can pay to keep scum like this alive?
Not only should they be executed, but they should also suffer
the same torture as their poor child.