Gaming

Man Arrested After Allegedly Forcing Child To Play GTA

Normally, parents have to force their kids not to play Grand Theft Auto. But one Japanese man has seemingly be doing the opposite.

Maasa Kawabata, a 28-year-old man from Kyoto, has been arrested after apparently forcing an elementary school kid to play GTA IV. The child in question was his wife's nine-year-old son from a previous marriage; Kawabata allegedly made him play for around three weeks, for between two and three hours a day when his mother was out.

In April last year, the boy complained of headaches, stomach pain and nausea, whereupon his mother moved them away from her husband. In May, a doctor diagnosed the boy as suffering from dysautonomia - caused by stress from playing the game. The incident was then reported in June, with the suspect being arrested this week.

A trial is expected later this year.

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[via Kotaku]