A 22 year-old Jacksonville, Florida mother is facing second degree murder charges for killing her 3-month-old son. Seems his endless crying was interfering with her mad crop growing skillz in FarmVille and her creative solution was to shake the living shit out him:
Alexandra V. Tobias, 22, was arrested after the January death of 3-month-old Dylan Lee Edmondson. She told investigators she became angry because the baby was crying while she was playing a computer game called FarmVille on the Facebook social-networking website.
Tobias entered her plea Wednesday before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison.
[…] Tobias told investigators that she shook the baby, smoked a cigarette to compose herself and then shook him again. She said the baby may have hit his head during the shaking.
Now I’m a fairly hardcore gamer myself — though you won’t catch me dead playing FarmVille — and I can understand the frustration of having an intense session being interrupted — though again I can’t imagine FarmVille being all that intense — but I can’t begin to imagine how anyone would consider this an appropriate response. At the very least it shows a seriously twisted set of priorities on Tobias’ part.
It sounds like this lady has deeper issues than just an overwhelming addiction to a crappy Facebook game, though that’s not what the media will focus on. Here we have someone who’s “addicted” to both Facebook and video games showing how two evil things become even worse when combined! The real tragedy here is that a young baby boy had to die for his mother’s problems to come to light.
If she’s lucky she’ll get the help she needs while she’s in prison, but it’s a huge price to pay for not seeking help sooner.