Online Game Addiction Costs Idaho Mom Her Children

(CBS Seattle) — The Idaho Court of Appeals has rejected a mother’s request to regain parental rights to her three children because of her alleged gaming addiction.

The Spokesman-Review and The Associated Press report the woman, whose identity has not been released, has a history of addiction that has endangered her three children on multiple occasions. According to court documents, police responded to a noise complaint at the woman’s house in 2010 and found insufficient food inside the home. Responding officers noted a butcher knife was found near the children’s toys and one of the children had severe tooth decay.

The district court found that the woman chose to play “World of Warcraft” six to eight hours a day to meet group objectives in the game rather than take care of her children.

The report did not include information regarding who is currently looking after the children.

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