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Being a good parent is more than a game

Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Nevada couple - both in their mid-20s - are in deep trouble after social service workers removed their children from the house. The couple's two kids - 11 months and 22 months - were suffering from a wide variety of health ailments because their parents were too busy playing Internet video games to feed them.

Both children were severely malnourished and were near death when social service workers took them to a hospital. The parents admitted they were too busy playing their video games to feed the children.

Hospital workers had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The boy was unable to walk because of a lack of muscle development.

The couple had recently received a $50,000 inheritance which they quickly spent on computer equipment and a large plasma television.

The couple could face 12 years in prison if convicted of all charges. Meanwhile the children are doing well in foster care.

This is not a case of child neglect. It goes far beyond that. I can't think of an appropriate name for their crime. But I can certainly think of a more appropriate punishment that a mere prison sentence.

The truth is that without the intervention of social workers, these children would almost certainly have died. That is attempted murder in my book and the couple should be punished accordingly.

The are truly no words to describe the contempt and pure hatred I have for people like these. They are living proof that not all people should have the ability to produce offspring.

The courts will handle this case. But believe me, a much higher court will someday judge them as well. I can think of no one more deserving that ultimate judgment.

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Michael Jensen
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