They spent from six to 12 hours at a PC room daily, engaging obsessively in games and leaving their baby alone at their home without food or care. The baby was found dead on Sept. 24.
An autopsy by the National Institute of Scientific Investigation determined that the death was mainly caused by a "lengthy period of malnourishment."
At the time of the baby's death, Kim made a report to the police. "When we woke up, we found that the baby had died," he said. But the couple at the time denied charges of negligence.
After the funeral, the couple disappeared, but the policed tracked them down and arrested them on Tuesday.
During an investigation after the arrest, they admitted their role in the baby's death and said that they have shunned PC rooms for the last five months due to a "sense of guilt."
The Daily Mail article says:
Police said the Kims had become so obsessed with the daughter they were raising online that they appeared to have not taken their responsibility to their real daughter seriously.
Korea doesn't have guns and basically has no drug problem, but what it does have is high-speed internet and lots of it, and that has led to other social ills. The Korea Herald has a couple other recent examples in its article about the arrest:
A 22-year-old man was caught and indicted last month for murdering his mother because she continuously nagged him for spending too much time playing games. After his crime, the man headed to a nearby internet cafe and continued his game, said officials.
Last July, a 21-year-old man was arrested for killing his mother, blaming her for her internet addiction and neglecting the family.
Another story that came quickly to mind is out of Gwangju, where in 2002 a 24-year-old died after playing in a PC room for 86 straight hours. Google will be your friend for more information on the topic. Last year PBS's Frontline did a documentary about "The Most Wired Nation on Earth,"
FRONTLINE/World correspondent Douglas Rushkoff travels to South Korea to take the measure of a country considered one of the most wired places on Earth. What he finds are families and a government grappling with the downside of its digital revolution: Internet addiction.
and just two weeks ago The Marmot's Hole brought up a recent PBS documentary on internet addiction in South Korea (Edit: They're clips from the same 2009 piece, with the second link having only smaller bits of the 13-minute video.)