Anaheim couple, Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41, have plead guilty to child abuse after neglecting two young girls so that they could play the video game World Of Warcraft 24/7.
The girls, ages 5 and 10, who are identified by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office as “female relatives” the couple had a “duty of care” for, were forced to live in squalor in the family’s mobile home from May 2010 to May 2013, when they were finally rescued from the inhumane conditions. While living in the trailer, neither girl was allowed out of the house or to attend school.
The couple was said to be unemployed and spent all their time online playing WOW. When the girls were discovered, both had matted hair, damaged teeth and dirt-crusted feet.
Investigators described the scene to The Los Angeles Times, saying they found “kitchen appliances ‘covered in mold and cobwebs,’ stacks of trash, debris, mold, and feces throughout the home, a pile of used condoms under a stuffed teddy bear, and inoperable toilets.”
Last week, the couple pleaded guilty to child abuse, false imprisonment and delinquency charges. Lester was sentenced to five years in prison, while Petra was sentenced to three years and four months behind bars.
Sadly, this isn’t the first major headline of a couple choosing video games over their own children. The film “Love Child” documents the first tried case of Internet addiction, which happened four years ago in Korea.
If you can’t get enough tales of terrible game-obsessed parents, it’s a must-see.
Read more: (The Los Angeles Times)
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Photo: Orange County District Attorney