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Old 06-01-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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Couple's Real Baby Starved To Death While They Raised Virtual Child

Yes maybe these people just had pre existing problems and the internet/gaming addiction is just a byproduct of that. But this is the ultimate irony, the ultimate case of a virtual world taking over. But they didn't suffer the consequences, their baby did. I don't even know what to say because it disturbs me so much. She is pregnant again How and why can internet addiction take over any person to that extreme extent?

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SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean couple were convicted Friday of abandoning their newborn daughter, who starved to death while they addictively played an online game raising a virtual child.

The husband, a 41-year-old taxi driver, and his 25-year-old wife were sentenced to two years in prison, but the woman's term was suspended because she is pregnant.

The couple played at Internet cafes on average 10 hours every day and bottle-fed their baby only once a day, prosecutors said in an affidavit.

The girl, who was born prematurely and weighed 5 pounds (2.25 kilograms), was often fed rotten formula and was beaten when she cried out of hunger, the affidavit said.

They found her dead when they returned to their home in Suwon, just south of Seoul, after an all-night gaming session last September, the ruling said. They hid at a relative's home after a autopsy found the baby died of malnutrition.

"This constitutes an inhumane crime where the defendants abandoned even the most basic responsibilities as parents, and is unforgivable beyond any excuse or reason," the Suwon District Court said in the ruling.

The mother will avoid jail time if she stays out of trouble for three years. The couple, who have only been identified by their surnames, Kim, have seven days to appeal.

The case shocked South Korea and raised concern over the severity of online gaming and Internet addiction in the nation of 49 million. The government says there are 2 million "Internet addicts" in the nation considered one of the world's most technologically wired.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:47 AM   #2
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Oh my....what a terrible story!!
I guess it was more fun for them to play with a make-believe baby than a real one.....
how sad!
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Unbelievable. No, all this stuff is starting to get believable. That's sad.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:47 PM   #4
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They're obviously monsters, to do that to a child...and that punishment is an absolute joke. Joke sentence for the man, and nothing at all for the woman...disgusting.
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Appaerently they weren't so involved with the virtual world that they stopped knocking boots in real life.
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hit them where it hurts

kill their 'virtual' baby.
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The couple, who have only been identified by their first names, Jin and Jun, have seven days to appeal.
wtf
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That's insane. I fully agree, those two are getting off WAY too easy. Pay attention to your real kid, you morons. You know, the one you spent 9 months preparing for, not the one you conjured up in 5 minutes?

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the kid looks fine to me
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Read about this back when they were arrested. REALLY didn't want to revisit it.
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i like the part where the mother is pregnant again and gets her term suspended
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They're obviously monsters, to do that to a child...and that punishment is an absolute joke. Joke sentence for the man, and nothing at all for the woman...disgusting.
I think so too, and she is expecting another baby?
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that is just wrong, and to make it worse the wife is pregnant AGAIN!!!!!
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She has to have it., abortion is not legal in South Korea.

what is she supposed to do, break the law?
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I am not saying that she shouldn't have it now that she is pregnant. What am saying is why is she having it to begin with if she was unable/unwilling to take care of her first child.
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