Love Child
Monday 21:00 on HBO
0 Seasons, 1 Episodes

Genre: History / Crime / Drama /

In 2010, South Korean police were contacted by a couple whose 3-month-old daughter Sarang (“Love” in Korean) had died. Born prematurely, the baby’s cause of death was suspicious; she “was just lying straight,” Detective Young Jin-Park recalls, adding “It was obvious she had starved to death.” Upon further investigation, police learned that the parents, who met online, spent 6 t more
...o 12 hours a day in a local Internet café (“PC room”) playing the 3-D fantasy game Prius, leaving their daughter at home alone and hungry. The couple’s main source of income was “Gold Mining,” or trading points in the game for cash; they attempted to cut costs by paying for large blocks of computer time – 10 hours – at a PC room discount. In Prius, the couple cared for “Anima,” a child-like mini-avatar earned after completing a number of quests, whose “personality changes based on interactions it has with the player.” Journalist Andrew Salmon, who followed the case from its start, notes the irony “that was raising an un-live child while essentially abandoning their own.”
 
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