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Online-addicted Korean man arrested over son's death

Published on Apr 15, 2014 10:06 AM
 
People use computers at an Internet cafe. South Korean police said on Tuesday they had arrested a man for allegedly allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean police said on Tuesday they had arrested a man for allegedly allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes.

The 22-year-old man surnamed Chung was arrested on Monday after the badly decomposed body of the two-year-old was found in a trash bag near the southeastern city of Daegu, city police said.

The case received extensive media coverage in South Korea, where the ruling conservative party is pushing a bill that would classify online gaming as potentially addictive as drugs, gambling and alcohol.

TV stations aired CCTV footage of Chung in his apartment elevator, nonchalantly checking his hair in the mirror with one hand while holding a trash bag allegedly containing his dead son in the other.

 
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