An Anaheim couple was penalized to prison for keeping their two young daughters shut inside their polluted mobile home for years without sufficient food or essential care while they obsessively played the online computer game World of Warcraft.
Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41, pleaded guilty on Aug. 5 to two felony counts of child abuse, two misdemeanour counts of erroneous imprisonment, one misdemeanour count of participating to the negligence of a minor, and sentencing enhancements for tremendous bodily injury. Both were jobless and played World of Warcraft all day, prosecutors said.
Investigators discovered kitchen appliances “covered in mould and cobwebs, piles of trash, garbage, mould, and faeces throughout the home, a stack of used condoms under a stuffed teddy bear, and impracticable toilets,” according to the release.
They did not authorize the children, ages 10 and 5, out of the home for any intention, even to attend school. The children had never even seen grass before.
A neighbour called the Anaheim Police Department, which administered a welfare check and discovered the children with dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, harmed teeth beyond repair, and malnourished.