Deputies: Man Smothered Son So He Could Play Video Games
(Homosassa, FL) A Florida man is accused of suffocating his son so he could play video games and watch TV.
Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third-degree murder and child neglect.
Police say 16-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn’t breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday.
The child pronounced dead at a hospital, investigators said.
Wygant said he was frustrated because the boy was crying uncontrollably, preventing him from playing his Xbox games, according to investigators.
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.
Five hours later when he checked on his son, Daymeon had turned blue and was unresponsive.
Prosecutors say the mother , Wygant’s girlfriend, was not home.
The couple has a 3-month-old daughter, now in custody of the Department of Children and Families.