Parents Neglected Infant While Raising "Avatar" Child Online
Couple Charged After Daughter Starves to Death
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Kim Yoo-chul, 41 and Choi Mi-sun, 25, returned to their home in Suwon, a suburb of Seoul South Korea, on Sept. 24, 2009 to find their 3-month-old baby daughter dead. The couple had left the infant alone while they spent several hours in an Internet café playing the video game Prius Online. An autopsy revealed that the baby who was born prematurely was severely malnourished. She had starved to death.
The unemployed couple spent as much as 12 hours a day at an Internet café playing Prius Online. Up until two weeks before her death, the baby had been looked after Kim’s parents. Then Kim’s mother had taken ill and returned the baby to the couple. Kim’s parents had originally taken the infant in because Kim and Choi found it difficult to care for their premature baby.