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Video game obsessed Brit mum left kids and dogs to starve. Does the punishment fit the crime?

http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20100913/882/twl-video-game-obsessed-brit-mum-left-ki.html
London, Sep 13 (ANI): A Brit mother, who got so addicted to computer game that she left her children to eat cold baked beans from the tin, has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned from using computers. The woman lead her German Shepherd and lurcher dogs starve to death and left them rotting in the dining room for two months as she played Small World on the internet almost non-stop. The 33-year-old widow admitted three charges of child cruelty and two of animal neglect. The children aged nine, 10 and 13, were badly neglected for six months. Deepak Kapur, prosecuting, said when officers arrived at the house in Swanley, Kent, in February the woman told them it was in a bit of a mess. The woman tried to block officers from entering the dining room and when asked why she replied: "All right, my dogs are in there. They are dead.(CONT)

 
kenzie07

Asked by kenzie07 at 11:23 AM on Sep. 14, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • that's just sad! it seems like she needed HELP for depression or something after he husband died, why did it take SIX months for someone to show up and do something about it?! her kids were 9, 10, and 13? that seems old enough to contact authorities or go to school and tell someone that your mom has a problem and needs help and she's not feeding you! :( i think she should've had a mental health evaluation and her kids taken away for awhile until they're sure she's ok...
    DreainCO

    Answer by DreainCO at 11:28 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • How come her kids didn't do anything I wonder..my son would have ratted me out first thing if I refused to get off the computer and help.


    She sounds super depressed.
    BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 11:33 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I think her hubbys death caused a psychotic break...


    I hope she gets better


    and I hope her kids are safe & receive counseling

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:30 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I agree with BradenIsMySon... The children are old enough to tell someone. Maybe they knew she would get into trouble. But I can't understand why a 13-year-old wouldn't at least put the dogs in trash bags and try to find food for the family. I just a weird case.

    Why should a child have to take care of mom? Mom should have gotten help she didn't and let her children suffer.
    tabekat

    Answer by tabekat 20 minutes ago
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    I was ten when my mom... broke. She was never all the way right, not once, but it got really bad after she had my second little brother. I held the family together pretty well, actually. I'm guessing the kids were having problems dealing with the death of their father.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 12:42 PM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • (CONT) I killed them," reports the Telegraph."I probably starved them, probably because I have been playing the computer game all the time," she added. "Police discovered the bodies of the dogs. Flies were around them. The smell was so overpowering, making the officers wretch," said Kapur. Allan Compton, defending, said the woman had been a competent mother until the death of her husband from a heart attack. "She retreated into this virtual world provided by her laptop computer. She shut herself off from the outside world and operated in the real world on a very basic level," he said. The mother has been sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to do 75 hours unpaid work. She was banned from keeping animals. Judge Jeremy Carey told her: "I am satisfied you have been a good mother but your life went very badly wrong when you became obsessed with the Small World computer game.
    kenzie07

    Comment by kenzie07 (original poster) at 11:25 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • Wow, that is pretty darn disturbing.
    Heather2001

    Answer by Heather2001 at 11:26 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • How horrible. It's obvious that she is severely mentally ill. the article does not say if the children were removed, I hope for their sake they were!
    MommaofH2

    Answer by MommaofH2 at 11:27 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • She should have gotten a way worse punishment for that. It's sick..and there is no excuse for that kind of stuff. Ridiculous
    PerfectLove910

    Answer by PerfectLove910 at 11:28 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I hope the kids are put in a safe home away from her. What a disgusting cow.
    tabekat

    Answer by tabekat at 11:29 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

  • I agree with BradenIsMySon... The children are old enough to tell someone. Maybe they knew she would get into trouble. But I can't understand why a 13-year-old wouldn't at least put the dogs in trash bags and try to find food for the family. I just a weird case.
    kenzie07

    Comment by kenzie07 (original poster) at 11:39 AM on Sep. 14, 2010

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