Wow! I don't even know what to say. That is just so sad and wrong.
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From Andrew Salmon for CNN
* Couple spent hours in online game where they raised a virtual
child, police say
* Meanwhile, they fed their real baby once a day, say police in
* The 3-month-old girl died of starvation, police say; couple
arrested last week
* Father says he's sorry: "I wish ... she will live well in heaven
* South Korea
* Child Safety
* Online Gaming
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- Police have arrested a South Korean couple
whose baby starved to death while they were raising a virtual child
online, authorities said.
The couple fed their 3-month-old daughter once a day between marathon
stretches in a local Internet cafe, where they were raising a virtual
child in the fantasy role-playing game Prius Online, police told local
Prius Online is a 3-D game in which players nurture an online companion,
Anima, a young girl with mysterious powers who grows and increases her
skills as the game progresses.
Police have not identified the 41-year-old father and 25-year-old
mother, who lived in Suwon, a suburb south of Seoul. But the father
apologized, speaking to reporters.
"I wish that she hadn't got sick and that she will live well in heaven
forever. And as the father, I am sorry," he said.
The baby reportedly died five months ago.
South Korea has one of the world's fastest broadband networks. Seoul has
won international awards for e-governance. Online gaming teams are
sponsored by major conglomerates and 24-hour, high-speed Internet cafes,
known as PC Bangs, dot every urban neighborhood.
Police said the couple had lost their jobs and used the game as an
escape from reality, especially after the birth of their premature baby.
"They instead played an online game in which they raised a virtual
character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their
real baby," Chung Jin-won, a police officer in Suwon, told Yonhap News
"South Korea remains a very conservative society so people who fall
outside the norm can come under severe stress and pressure," said
Michael Breen, the Seoul-based author of "The Koreans."
"The Internet has provided such people with a paradise to escape to and
simply get lost in."
In God we trust.
It is dangerous to confuse children with angels.
Chardon Ohio USA
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