FarmVille-addicted mom shakes baby to death


Alexandra V. Tobias, a 22-year-old mother from Jacksonville, FL, plead guilty to second degree murder in the death of her three-month-old son. She was angry because her child was crying while she was playing FarmVille on her computer.

Tobias says she shook her baby while angry, then smoked a cigarette to calm herself down before shaking him again. The baby may or may not have hit his head on the computer while she was shaking him. The incident happened earlier this year on January 20.
Internet addiction is a very real crisis, and games such as FarmVille are designed to be addictive in order to get players to spend real-life money on them. Unfortunately, sad incidents come out of addictions quite frequently and it's people like Tobias who give Facebook games a bad reputation.

Alexandra Tobias will be sentenced in December and could be looking at 25 years to life in prison.

FarmVille-maker Zynga has not released an official statement about this tragedy.

[via The Florida Times-Union]

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