Couple Blames Internet for Child Neglect
I’m sure by now most of you have heard about this awful story.
Apparently, Michael and Iana Straw of Reno Nevada were so addicted to video games and the Internet that they practically starved their two children (age 22 months and 11 months) to death. They’ve both pleaded “guilty” and face a possible 12-year prison term.
Prosecutor Kelli Ann Viloria said that the couple had food in the home, they just chose not to feed their children.
The 11 month old girl weighed only 10 pounds, had a mouth infection, and was serverly dehydrated. Authorites also had to shave her hair because it was matted with cat urine.
The 22 month old boy was treated for starvation, genital infections, and severe muscle deterioration.
You can read the whole story here.
Some experts are now claiming that Internet addiction may be based on a psychological disorder. In fact, some are going as far as equating it to a drug addiction.
I don’t know if I buy it.
Now, I will be the first to admit that I’m on the computer a lot more than I should be. However, the house gets cleaned, the kids get fed and our family spends a lot of quality time together. We read books, go to the playground, or just hang out.
However, if you’re constantly on the computer and your child is at your feet crying because she’s hungry, how can you just ignore it? You’re conscious, your hearing works just fine. How do you let your children starve almost to death? I don’t understand it.
I hope this couple gets what they deserve.
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