Internet addict clicks her kids away

Police say an Ohio woman left her children in squalor while she surfed the Net.

Published June 24, 1997 11:02AM (EDT)

their mommy had to have her fix. And with the click of a mouse, she apparently got it. While Sandra Hacker logged onto America Online and wandered the endless corridors of the Internet, her three children sat in squalor, according to Cincinnati police.

The children, ages 2, 3 and 5, were found in a room littered with human feces on the floors, walls and ceilings. Urine stood in a puddle; glass and garbage was scattered. A refrigerator held only a few edible items.

On June 14, responding to a call from a local child protection service, police arrested Sandra Hacker and charged her with three counts of child endangerment. The children have been placed in the custody of their father, who was the person who had notified the protection service. He said his estranged wife was addicted to the Internet.

"Inside the house, the computer room was the only room that was clean," Cincinnati police Officer Greg Berting said. "It was a $2,500 computer sitting in a house of filth, basically."

By Salon Staff

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