A 22-year-old woman in Jacksonville, Florida named Alexandra V. Tobias has pleaded guilty in the death of her 3-month-old son, Dylan.
The reason for such a despicable act? She tells investigators that she was busy playing the highly popular Facebook game, Farmville, when the child started crying. She explains that she became so angry, she shook the baby, went and smoked a cigarette to try and calm down, and then shook the baby more. She also added that while she was shaking him, he might have hit his head on something.
Tobias has been charged with second-degree murder, and could face up to life in prison…though it is noted that this sentence could be much, much less because “state guidelines” place the charge at 25-50 years imprisonment.
Farmville is a real-time strategy game that allows users to maintain their own virtual farm, plowing your lands, planting crops, harvesting what you’ve grown, and raising your own various livestock.
These are the types of stories that really make you sick to your stomach. For someone to become so frustrated with their own child because they’re trying to play a stupid, insignificant Facebook game that gives you absolutely no personal gain whatsoever, that it actually leads them to an unforgivably violent act and subsequent murder…it’s really about as senseless as things can get.
[Source: The Florida Times-Union via Kotaku]