Couple obsessed with ‘World of Warcraft’ sentenced to prison for extreme child neglect

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Lester Louis Huffmire and Petra Huffmire (Credit: KTLA)

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — A couple was sentenced to prison for keeping their two young daughters locked inside their filthy mobile home for years without adequate food or basic care while they played the online computer game World of Warcraft.

KTLA reports that Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41, pleaded guilty 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.

Prosecutors said that between May 2010 and May 2013 the couple kept their mobile home unsanitary and uninhabitable.

Investigators 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.”

The children, aged 10 and 5, were not allowed out of the house for any reason, even to attend school.

Neighbors finally contacted the Anaheim Police Department, which conducted a welfare check and found the children with dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, damaged teeth beyond repair and malnourished.