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Video games implicated in two separate crimes

  It was reported by The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas that a woman, 36 year-old Mary Cordell, faces felony manslaughter charges after leaving her child in a locked, unventilated car for several hours while playing Everquest. A Springdale police detective was quoted as saying, "We believe that on the day in question, Ms. Cordell was playing an Internet game, EverQuest, for a period of time exceeding two hours, during which she had no knowledge concerning the whereabouts of her daughter."

   Additionally, messages posted by Cordell at NWAOnline.net suggest that she finds the game Everquest extremely addictive and partly responsible for her divorce. Says Cordell "I feel sorry that people get wrapped up into this and destroy their relationships. I just hope that one day they will wake up before it's too late and realize they are alone with no real friends and their family is gone."

   There is also a report by the Associated Press that two teens ages 13 and 16 claim that they were impersonating the hit Rockstar title Grand Theft Auto when they fired several 22 caliber rounds at passing traffic on Interstate 40 in Newport Tennesee. The two teens pled guilty to homicide, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault on June 25th and have been sentenced to juvenile detention.

8/28/2003 Ryan Hartmann

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