Very sad story about serious neglect and abuse of two children, a 22 month old boy and an 11 month old girl.
Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration.
Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking, investigators said.
Not content to let the story stand on it’s own as an example of the horrors humans commit on one another and that not everyone is equipped to be a parent, both the media and the authorities are spinning this as a “game addiction”.
Viloria said the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing “Dungeons & Dragons” series, to give their children proper care.
“They had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games,” Viloria told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Gaming is the excuse, not the cause. Video games are blamed from everything from obesity to murder. It is as if none of these things ever existed before.
It would be much more helpful for us a society to focus on what drives people to obsess, what drives people to neglect their children, what signs of trouble are being missed.
Domestic abuse, road rage, gaming addiction, these are all silly labels put on big problems that allow media and authorities to easily file cases rather than have anyone actually find out the underlying causes of the initial behaviors.