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Old 07-16-2007, 12:31 PM   #1
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Not now honey, mommy is on the computer

I can't believe this. How obsessed do you have to be to neglect your kids like this?


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Old 07-16-2007, 12:59 PM   #2
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Sadly I know parents like that. It's just laziness...blaming video games or whatever is just another cop-out.

Bastards.
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If it wasn't the internet it would have come in some other form of neglect. Some people should just not be parents.
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I find it hard to believe that an obsession with Dungeons & Dragons alone could explain this level of neglect--if one finds time to earn a living, pay the bills and feed oneself, it's hard to imagine how needs as basic (and simple to meet) as spooning out baby food to the baby and slapping something between two pieces of bread for the toddler could go unmet. Then again...
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OMG that's horrible! Thank God the children are gaining weight now. Their lives could have been ruined!
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My second was almost 10 pounds at birth and she was 3 weeks early.
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I find it hard to believe that an obsession with Dungeons & Dragons alone could explain this level of neglect--if one finds time to earn a living, pay the bills and feed oneself, it's hard to imagine how needs as basic (and simple to meet) as spooning out baby food to the baby and slapping something between two pieces of bread for the toddler could go unmet. Then again...
There are people who are very freakish about role playing games - whether it is D & D or World of Warcraft - it can be VERY time consuming. (I was really into WoW at one point).

While this story is an extreme, there is certainly an addictive quality to role playing games. Not that it should be outlawed, but I think the addiction can sneak up on people.
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My second was almost 10 pounds at birth and she was 3 weeks early.

& I thought my son was big at 9lb. 1 oz. and he was 2 weeks early!
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Before the internet it was TV, or something else.
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I was on time 5lb 11oz


Seriously though, this story disgusts me. Whatever reason someone may have for neglecting a child, especially to this degree, it is sickening.
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That is so wrong in so many levels!. Do you notice how young they are? that´s the greatness of the modern civilization we prefer to play than raising our kids
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dude it almost seems funny, like it's some kind of joke ... then you read the description of how messed up the kids were

terrible. sure video games are addictive, but ... what the fuck. HIT PAUSE YOU STUPID BITCHES.
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I remember when I was younger I'd go to my best friend's house all the time and his dad was CONSTANTLY on the computer. I was kind of a nerdy video game guy myself, but even he put me to shame. He had the attitude where if his wife or kids bugged him while he was on it he'd just say "ok, yeah... alright". It got to the point where his wife would become extremely frustrated and sad. I remember one time I was in their living room and I heard her trying to get him to come to bed and he wouldn't because he was busy looking at stocks. Eventually she ran out of the room crying. Good God that makes me so friggin mad. I felt so bad for her. They ended up getting a divorce.
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& I thought my son was big at 9lb. 1 oz. and he was 2 weeks early!
and here we both sit pleased at how big ours were at birth when compared to this little scrap of a toddler virtually the same weight at 11 months old. it's criminal.

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The whole story is just really sad and terrible. But it is great that the kids are out of the household and getting the help that they need.

On a side note, I was born 14 weeks early, 1lb., 6 oz.
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