Posted: Fri, April 18 2014 at 9:48 AM, Updated: Fri, April 18 2014 at 9:58 PM
Citrus County, Fla. --- (WFLA News) A Citrus County, Florida father is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.
The Sheriff's Office says Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, is facing charges of 3rd degree murder and willful child neglect.
Daymeon Wygant, 1, was taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center on Thursday morning, where he was pronounced dead.
The hospital contacted authorities, who went to the man's home in Homosassa.
In a meeting with detectives, Cody Wygant confessed to suffocating the boy so he could continue playing Xbox video games. According to the arrest narrative, Wygant put his hand over the child's mouth and nose "for 3-4 minutes" to stop him from crying.
Afterwards, documents state that Wygant admitted to putting the boy in his playpen and wrapping him in bedding "in such a way as to prevent the decedent from receiving fresh air".
For five hours afterwards, investigators say Wygant played Xbox games and watched three episodes of the television show "Fringe". When he next checked on Daymeon, he was "blue, not breathing, and unresponsive".
Wygant told deputies he was the boy's primary caregiver. Wygant and his girlfriend also have a three-month-old daughter, who is in custody of the Department of Children and Families.
Wygant has an extensive criminal history in California, from trespassing to rape, but no previous arrests in Citrus County.
"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son --it just baffles the mind," Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said in a press release. "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."
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