A couple in Reno, Nevada have pleaded guilty to child neglect after their 22-month old son and 11-month old daughter were found severely malnourished and suffering other health problems last month. According to WRAL News, the couple, Michael and Iana Straw, were too busy playing video games like "Dungeons and Dragons" to feed and care for their young children. Authorities note that Mr. Straw had just inherited $50,000 and spent the money on computer equipment and a plasma TV.
The children are said to be doing much better and gaining weight in foster care. As for the Straws, they both face a maximum 12-year prison sentence.
This story is absolutely heart-wrenching. How could two grown adults be so irresponsible to neglect their children in this way? Could Dungeons and Dragons really be the cause of such poor parenting and inhumane treatment? We keep hearing that video game addiction is on the rise and news that some doctors want to treat the addition like drug or alcohol abuse, but is it really that powerful?