Friday, February 25, 2011

Taiwan baby dies as parents play web games: report

TAIPEI (AFP) - A young Taiwanese couple have been accused of letting their baby girl starve to death because they were obsessed with playing games online and forgot to feed her regularly, police said Friday.
The one-year-old weighed only four kilograms (nine pounds), or half the average size of a girl her age, when the couple reported her death earlier this week, the police said.

According to the local Apple Daily newspaper, when police arrived, they found a girl reduced to "just skin and bone and with sunken eyes", while a gaming website was flickering on the computer monitor next to her crib.
Prosecutors will look into the cause of the girl's death and determine whether her parents, in their early 20s, were responsible. They face up to two years in prison for manslaughter if convicted.