Nev. couple blames internet for neglect

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.

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scarlett_rg5426d ago

Omg! I don't know wether to laugh or cry. That is just messed up.

Lacarious5426d ago

and then do a brain scan too see what stupid thoughts look like.

Dudeson425426d ago

These are the kinds of people who should just not have kids. It's not the internet's fault, if it wasnt the computer then it would be something else that would have taken thier interest away from thier kids. Some folks should NOT procreate, thats the bottom line.

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