Few people would have read the shocking newspaper story thinking it had any bearing on their own lives. A mother neglected her three children, aged 13, ten, and nine, and let her two dogs starve to death because she was so obsessed with playing a computer game.
Invited by a Facebook friend, she retreated into the competitive online game after the sudden death of her husband and abandoned all control of daily life. The decomposed dogs lay in the dining room; the children fended for themselves in squalor.
Despite predictable online comments of the ‘lock her up and throw away the key’ variety, this woman was obviously mentally ill. Why didn’t somebody (the children’s teachers, for example) realise there was something very wrong in that household – and help? Read more….