Net surfing mom charged with ignoring kidsJune 16, 1997
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CINCINNATI (CNN) -- A mother of three has been arrested on child neglect charges for allegedly leaving her children to take care of themselves while she surfed the Internet.
Sandra Hacker, 24, was charged after her estranged husband told police she was spending up to 12 hours a day at her computer while keeping her children -- aged 5, 3 and 2 -- locked in a playroom in her apartment. Police said they found the room littered with debris, including broken glass, and that human feces were on the walls.
The Cincinnati Enquirer quoted David Greenfield, a psychologist from Hartford, Connecticut, as saying the case had all the earmarks of Internet Addiction Disorder.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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