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S. Korean gamer arrested after son starves to death

SEOUL--South Korean police said Tuesday they had arrested a man for apparently allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes.

The case will likely fuel an ongoing debate about the problem of compulsive online gaming in South Korea, where parliament is considering a bill to classify the activity as potentially addictive as drugs, gambling and alcohol.

The 22-year-old man surnamed Chung was arrested Monday after the badly decomposed body of the 2-year-old was found in a trash bag near the southeastern city of Daegu, city police said.

The case received extensive media coverage, with TV stations airing CCTV footage of Chung in the elevator of his apartment block, nonchalantly checking his hair in the mirror with one hand while holding a trash bag allegedly containing his dead son in the other.

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