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Mother Kills Baby after Interrupting FarmVille Session

22-year-old potentially faces life in prison after shaking her baby to death



It doesn't happen often, but occasionally videogame-related news can be nothing less than tragic. A 22-year-old mother in Jacksonville, Florida plead guilty this week to second-degree murder after she shook her baby to death for interrupting her FarmVille session.

According to the Florida Times-Union (via Huffington Post), the mother, Alexandra V. Tobias (right), told investigators she became angry after her 3-month-old baby started crying while she was playing FarmVille on Facebook. Tobias further explained to investigators that after she shook her baby once, she "smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again." She also said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking.

Tobias now faces a potential sentence of life in prison, although state guidelines call for a sentence of 25 to 50 years. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for December.

The story has shades of another tragic case earlier this year involving fatal child negligence due in part to online game addiction. Back in March, a couple in South Korea was convicted of letting their child starve to death while obsessively nurturing a virtual child in an online videogame.

(Taken from 1UP.com)
 
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