A boy engrossed in online gaming failed to notice his mother falling and subsequently dying, even though she was in the same room as him.
The 13-year-old boy lived together with his parents in the city of Keelung in Taiwan, and was reportedly an avid MMO player, having received a PC from his parents as a birthday present.
So engrossed was he that he did notice when his mother fell and banged her head on an item of furniture, causing her to lose consciousness, even though she was less than 5 metres away. He continued playing even as his mother succumbed to her injuries, expiring soon after.
The boy claimed he paid his mother no heed as she was prescribed sedatives (apparently the cause of her fall) due to a mental illness and occasionally slept on the floor. The noise of her hitting her head he apparently ascribed to her turning in her sleep.