Friday, November 5, 2010

Mother kills baby for interrupting 'Farmville' game

A 22 year-old woman from Jacksonville, Florida has pleaded guilty to killing her baby son over a game of Farmville. She was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shaking the baby to death when he disrupted her gaming experience.
Alexandra V. Tobias says her three-month old child, Dylan Lee Edmondson, had been crying while she was trying to play the popular Facebook casual game called Farmville.
This angered Tobias, who told authorities that she shook the baby, had a cigarette to calm herself down, then shook him again. It's believed he "may have hit his head during the shaking".

Farmville is a popular game on Facebook where users control a virtual farm.
Tobias entered her plea Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports, before Circuit Judge Adrian G. Soud. A second-degree murder charge is punishable by up to life in prison, according a report in the Florida Times-Union.
Prosecutor Richard Mantei said Tobias' sentence could be less because of state guidelines that call for 25 to 50 years. Soud offered no promises on what he'll order during a sentencing hearing scheduled for December.
Outside the courtroom, Prosecutor Mantei said Tobias' plea will help avoid the family reliving the tragedy during a jury trial

Comments shared on gaming forums, like, have expressed outrage and condemned the woman's action. Gamers across the country have called for swift punishment for such a senseless murder.

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