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World of Warcraft addiction lands couple in jail after kids are found locked in a mobile home

Published Aug 11th, 2014 4:00PM EDT
Worst Parents Ever World Of Warcraft Addiction

Gaming addiction can be just as dangerous as any other type of addiction — and not only to the addicted, but to their loved ones as well. We saw one couple go so far as to sell their children to buy in-app purchases and now another couple has gone off the deep end as well. According to a press release from the Orange Country District Attorney, Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire were convicted after police discovered they had been keeping the two children they were responsible for locked in a mobile home without appropriate provisions for three years while they played World of Warcraft. The description of the trailer sounds like something out of a horror movie.

“Between May 21, 2010, and May 20, 2013, the defendants kept the mobile park home unsanitary and uninhabitable, including kitchen appliances covered in mold and cobwebs, stacks of trash, debris, mold, and feces throughout the home, a pile of used condoms under a stuffed teddy bear, and inoperable toilets.”

While the children lived in these miserable conditions, the unemployed adults played World of Warcraft nonstop. During this stretch, the children never once attended school.

Three years later after this had begun, a neighbor finally called the police. The children were found “with dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, damaged teeth beyond repair, and malnourished.” The Huffmires both pleaded guilty — Lester Huffmire was sentenced to five years in state prison and Petra Huffmire was sentenced to three years and four months.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.