Couple Convicted For Child Neglect Over 'World of Warcraft' Addiction

By Shawn Dwyer 08/12/14

A California couple locked up two young relatives in a filthy mobile home and refused to let them leave for three years.

child abuse girl.jpg

A couple from Anaheim, Calif. was convicted last week for keeping two young female relatives malnourished and locked inside an unsanitary mobile home while they did nothing but play World of Warcraft.

Lester Louis Huffmire and Petra Huffmire, both 41, pleaded guilty on Aug. 5 to "two felony counts of child abuse, two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment, one misdemeanor count of contributing to delinquency of a minor, and sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury," according to a press release from Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

The Huffmires were given care of the two unnamed defendants, 10-year-old Jane Doe #1 and five-year-old Jane Doe #2, but were unemployed and played the popular online fantasy game all day. The couple did not allow either victim to leave the premises and kept them from attending school.

“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,” the district attorney's statement said.

After three years, a neighbor finally grew concerned enough to call the police. They found the children “with dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, damaged teeth beyond repair, and malnourished.”

Petra was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, while her husband was given five years.

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix
shawn dwyer.jpeg

Shawn Dwyer is a writer, editor and content producer living in Los Angeles. You can find him on Linkedin.