Man Smothered Son Because Crying Interrupted Video Games: Investigators

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 07:01 PM

By Angela Deines

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A 24-year-old Florida man has been charged with third-degree murder and child neglect after he allegedly suffocated his 16-month-old crying son so he could play video games on his Xbox and watch TV.

Cody Wygant was being held without bond on Friday after Daymeon Wygant was found not to be breathing when emergency personnel got to the home Thursday morning. The child was pronounced dead at a hospital according to officials in Homosassa, Fla., north of Tampa.

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"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son — it just baffles the mind," Citris County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said, The Associated Press reported. "Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly. Our prayers go out to those who knew and loved Daymeon."

Investigators told the AP Wygant said he was frustrated he couldn’t play his video games because the child was crying uncontrollably. He reportedly said he covered the boy's nose and mouth for three to four minutes until he became lethargic, then placed him in a playpen and covered him with bedding, which was tucked around the boy's body and head, officials said.

Wygant allegedly didn't check on the child for five hours, according to investigators, while he played Xbox and watched three episodes of the television show "Fringe." By the time he checked Daymeon, the child had turned blue and was unresponsive, officials said.

Wygant's girlfriend and mother of the child, whose name hasn’t been released, wasn’t home at the time of the incident, authorities said.

Results of an autopsy haven’t been made public by the medical examiner.

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