Parents Abandon 2-Year-Old Son To Play Pokemon Go

The parents spent an hour and a half hunting down monsters on the mobile app while their child cried at home alone. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

OK, things are getting out of hand. A young couple in Phoenix, Arizona have been arrested on child neglect and child endangerment charges after leaving their toddler alone for 90 minutes to hunt down characters and rewards on the Pokémon Go. The 2-year-old son has also been handed over to child protective services. It is the latest in a litany of instances of people throwing common sense out the window and in some cases resorting to criminal behavior when it comes to playing the mobile app, which has over 21 million active users in the United States alone.  

Police were called to the home of Brent Daley, 27, and Brianna Daley, 25, after a neighbor found their 2-year-old son crying outside their residence. He was barefoot and clad only in a t-shirt and diapers. When the Daley’s returned home they said they had gone out to get gas but eventually ‘fessed up to spending 90 minutes tracking down the various prizes and characters one can find when they play the game. Local sheriff Paul Babeu said about the incident, “We never would have imagined that parents would abandon a child to play Pokémon Go. This goes beyond comprehension.”

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