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Parents Care For Virtual Child at Expense of Real Child's Life

According to a story published by The Sun, Korean parents neglected their own real live child in order to care for a virtual one in a Second Life-esque game called Prius Online.

Image Credit: Kotaku

The child was left alone at home, while the parents played at a internet cafe, left with only a single bottle of milk for nourishment each day. Unsurprisingly, the real child died of starvation as a result.

When the parents discovered their daughters body one day after returning from a gaming session, they called the cops, who were more than a bit suspicious, due to the fact the baby was found to have died of dehydration. However, they were unable to arrest the parents until recently, as they had been on the run since the baby's funeral in September.

When finally arrested by the police, the parents gave the following statement:

"Due to our sense of guilt, we have not been to a PC gaming room over these five months."

The Sun [via Kotaku]

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Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined MMORPG.com as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB