Children locked inside home for years as parents play ‘World of Warcraft’

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Photo: Anaheim Police via KTLA

A California couple have been sentenced to prison for extreme child neglect after locking their two daughters in their mobile home for years.

The husband and wife were reportedly “obsessed” with the online game ‘World of Warcraft’ according to KTLA.  They were both unemployed and played the game all day for years.

Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife 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 news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors said the home was unsanitary and uninhabitable . Investigator found 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,” according to the release.

The two girls, ages 5 and 10, were not allowed out of the house for any reason -even to attend school.

When police were informed by a neighbor about the situation the children were found with dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, damaged teeth beyond repair, and malnourished, the release stated.

Lester Huffmire was sentenced to five years in state prison. Petra Huffmire was sentenced to three years and four months in state
prison.

Read more: KTLA