Couple Starved Their Real Baby to Death, While Raising a Virtual Daughter Online
A couple from Suwon, South Korean whose addictitoin to computer games led to the starving death of their daughter. But wait! All that time they were spending on the Internet (roughly 12 hours every day) they were raising a virtual daughter online.
Police said the couple became obsessed with living online and neglected their real lives, the Sun reports. They raised an avatar baby through their Second Life profiles, while their real daughter was given just one bottle of milk a day.
Father Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and mom Choi Mi-sun, 25, called the emergency services when they returned from one online session in September last year and found their daughter dead.
"We found she had passed away when we woke up in the morning," they said.
But cops became suspicious about how severely dehydrated the baby was.
A spokesman for the National Scientific Criminal and Investigation Laboratory, which carried out an autopsy on the girl, said, "she appears to have starved to death because she was not fed for such a long period of time."
Police tried to arrest the parents but they disappeared after the baby's funeral.
They were finally recaptured on Tuesday and charged them with child abuse and neglect.