An unemployed couple kept two young female relatives locked inside their filthy mobile home while they reportedly played World of Warcraft all day, according to California law enforcement authorities.
The online video game playing duo pleaded guilty to a series of charges on Tuesday, the Orange County, California, District Attorney’s office announced.
After a concerned neighbor contacted the cops on May 20, 2013, an Anaheim PD officer visited the home on a welfare check “and found the two victims with dirt crusted on their feet, matted hair, damaged teeth beyond repair, and malnourished.”
The little girls were apparently locked in the unsanitary mobile home 24-7 and prevented from going outside or even attending school during the May 2010 to May 2013 time frame.
The gamers who originally entered a not guilty plea at the time of their arrest reportedly entered into a plea bargain to avoid longer jail sentences. The Orange County DA’s press release indicates that “Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife Petra Huffmire, both 41 from Anaheim, 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. Lester Huffmire was sentenced to five years in state prison. Petra Huffmire was sentenced to three years and four months in state prison.”
The couple apparently prioritized video games over hygiene. “Between May 21, 2010, and May 20, 2013, the defendants kept the mobile park home unsanitary and uninhabitable, including 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.”
At the time of the World of Warcraft playing couple’s arrest last year, a prosecutor described the victims ages 5 and 10 as looking “small, very pale, malnourished, not clean.”