Baby Starves – Korean Couple Pleads Ignorance, Internet Gaming Addiction

by Pixeleen Mistral on 06/04/10 at 12:22 pm

The Korean couple who’s child starved to death while they played marathon sessions of an online 3-D game plead guilty to negligent homicide Friday and apparently blamed an unfortunate combination of missing owners’ manuals for the child and Internet gaming addiction. CNN reports that the South Korean couple engaged in 10 hour overnight gameplay sessions at an Internet cafe playing Prius Online, a fantasy game in which players raise an online girl who gains magic powers as she is nurtured and grows older.

According to CNN’s report, the mother told the court, "When she cried, I cuddled her, but I noticed she was getting thinner," and added that she had not learned about baby care at the hospital nor had she read any books on the subject. Clearly children should come with better documentation – but perhaps online gameplay could make learning more fun and help replace the missing childcare manuals. Might Facebook come to the rescue?

adopt a Facebook baby - change diapers every few days

It was unclear if the grieving mother had played any of the Facebook childcare games which feature an endless supply of virtual babies that can tolerate intermittent care – but one might imagine how mandating an online diaper change every few days would to be good training for real life.

However, all is not lost – the couple is expecting another child, which could provide them with a second chance to level up – despite the prosecution’s request for 5 year jail terms. Asking for mercy, the couple’s attorney, Kim Dong-young of the Korean Legal Aid Corp. said "They regret it, but Ms. Kim is pregnant, please consider this." and added "They were addicted to Internet gaming; they put their baby to sleep and came home early in the morning". The father of the unborn child seems determined to do better and said, "There will be no second mistake."


19 Responses to “Baby Starves – Korean Couple Pleads Ignorance, Internet Gaming Addiction”

  1. Miss J

    Apr 6th, 2010

    this happened a while ago.

  2. Gaara Sandalwood

    Apr 6th, 2010

    Is that Jade Dynasty?

  3. Jessica Holyoke

    Apr 6th, 2010

    This sounds familiar.

  4. Edna

    Apr 6th, 2010

    No problem, kids are easily replaced right? Look, they’ve already got another on the way so they won’t even need to put away the crib.

  5. Baloo Uriza

    Apr 6th, 2010

    Almost 7 billion people on this planet. A couple kids died. Who gives a fuck?

  6. corona anatine

    Apr 6th, 2010

    added that she had not learned about baby care at the hospital nor had she read any books on the subject.

    makes you wonder how our ancestors ever managed

    Darwin platinum award nominated for these two

  7. K.T.D.

    Apr 6th, 2010

    What the fuck???

    They were playing a game where the point was to raise a virtual baby???

    Really? Stupid fucking people. That’s worse than the dumb bitch in Japan who left her baby to die in a hot car while she went to go play pachinko… Sterilize the bitch after she has this one, no more continues!

  8. Sylauxe

    Apr 6th, 2010

    Fan death claims yet another Korean. When will we learn?

  9. Jumpman Lane

    Apr 7th, 2010

    I say do them five years! They might not make it out caws criminals love kids. i hope they both get shanked on the yard.

  10. Jumpman Lane

    Apr 7th, 2010

    @baloo fuck you it’s the POTENTIAL the kids represent. out of 7 billion maybe a thousand a 100,000 a million maybe might be the good, the just , the prime movers that move the world forward. That is why you lament their unfortunate passing. You judge people by their characters and judge them as evil or with out merit (like you) when they make statements LIKE YOU.

  11. Baloo Uriza

    Apr 7th, 2010

    Up yours. You or I or that kid won’t make any difference to this world, quit trying to get your hopes up otherwise.

  12. LOL

    Apr 7th, 2010

    Natural selection at it’s finest.

  13. “Natural selection at it’s finest.”

    @LOL–if that were the case, the parents would have been the ones to starve.

    This is something right out of that masterwork of cinematic art, “Idiocracy.” In any sane world, the parents would have been too stupid to live.

    But here we have it, or as I said in the movie, “with all that starving bullshit, and the dust storms, and we are running out of french fries and burrito coverings. But I got a solution. “

  14. Baloo Uriza

    Apr 7th, 2010

    Funny how folks that think I’m wrong are the least literate on the comments.

  15. @Baloo, I’m well read and write a decent sentence.

    You’re more than wrong. You’re a misanthrope. Get up from your computer in the basement, skip the online dictionary, walk down the street to a library, interacting with real humans along the way, and look that word up.

    Damn. It pains me to agree with Humpman on something, but I’ll give the devil his due.

    It’s an innocent three-month-old kid so, yeah, “I give a fuck.” The parents are lower than dog-meat, however.

  16. Baloo Uriza

    Apr 7th, 2010

    I’m not saying it isn’t sad that a kid got killed due to parental stupidity. I’m saying “Who cares?” This crap happens in the real world. If you think the world isn’t an overpopulated, miserable place to be 24/7, you’re the one spending too much time in Disneyland.

  17. biobaby

    Apr 8th, 2010

    Better learning through games.?
    I guess the real child didnt give enough badges and its poo actually smelled.

    Shiny Baby v.2.0

  18. Angelique

    Apr 8th, 2010

    @ Baloo: I’m not going to insult or degrade you for your comments but can you really say “Who cares?” with a clear conscience?. Yes it happens all the time, but that doesn’t make it acceptable and it certainly shouldn’t desensitise us to the suffering of fellow humans around us.

    Imagine the suffering of that poor child, put yourself or someone you know in that place – would you want that to happen to you, or someone you love?

    Have a little compassion for your fellow man, at the end of the day we’re all human and all in it together. Next time you pass someone in the street who is more unfortunate or struggling, have a little heart and have a little compassion.

    The world around us today is so self centred, unconnected, uncaring and unloving. Instead of isolating ourselves from one another reach out and help, or at least show some kindness.

    Namaste _/|\_

  19. “If you think the world isn’t an overpopulated, miserable place to be 24/7, you’re the one spending too much time in Disneyland.”

    I actually think the world is exactly that. We have overpopulated the planet to the point of silliness and if aliens ever put up a big tombstone after we go extinct, humanity’s motto won’t be some lines from Keats or even Jesus but “Humanity: R.I.P. They shat where they ate.”

    Still too bad the parents didn’t starve and the kid go to a loving home. At three months old, there would be no memories of the birth parents.

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