Man smothered crying infant over video game

HOMOSASSA, Fla. (AP) - Sheriff's deputies in north Florida said a man suffocated his young, crying son so he could play video games.

According to authorities 24-year-old Cody Wygant was charged with third-degree murder and child neglect.

Officials said 16-month-old Daymeon Wygant wasn't breathing when emergency crews arrived at the home Thursday morning. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

According to investigators, Wygant said the boy was crying uncontrollably, preventing him from playing his Xbox games. He covered the boy's nose and mouth for three to four minutes until the boy became lethargic, then placed him in a playpen and covered him with bedding.

Deputies said Wygant didn't check on Daymeon for five hours.

His infant daughter is in the Department of Children and Families' custody.

Wygant is being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail.


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