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OC Couple Neglected Children While Playing World Of Warcraft All Day

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A couple in Anaheim has been arrested and charged with child abuse after investigators found that the two girls that they were caring for were living in filth, malnourished and not allowed to leave the house for any reason whatsoever—including school.A neighbor reported that something funny was going on at the mobile home of Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife, Petra Huffmire, both 41, who lived with two girls who were age 5 and age 10, according to the Los Angeles Times. Investigators found that their home was absolutely disgusting: it was covered in mold, cobwebs, trash and even feces. There wasn't a working toilet.

The poor little girls—the District Attorney's office didn't say how they were related exactly—showed signs of severe neglect. They were malnourished, their hair was matted, their teeth were rotting and they were encrusted with dirt. They weren't allowed to leave their home for any reason—and they didn't even go to school.

The couple was unemployed. Authorities said instead of caring for their children, the couple spent their days playing World of Warcraft, according to the OC Weekly. The Orange County District Attorney's Office charged them with two felony counts of child abuse and two misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment. They were being held on $100,000 bail and could face up to seven years in prison.