24-Year-Old Man Smothers 1-Year-Old Son So He Can Keep Playing Xbox

Sheriff’s officials said rescuers were sent to [Cody Eugene] Wygant’s home Thursday morning because of a report of a child not breathing, The boy, Daymeon Wygant, was taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead.

In an interview with detectives, Wygant [24] admitted that he suffocated his son because the boy was crying, preventing him from playing online Xbox games. Wygant placed his hand over the boy’s mouth for at least three minutes, then put him in a playpen and covered him with several layers of bedding, sheriff’s officials said.

Wygant played video games for more than an hour, then watched three episodes of the television show Fringe. He didn’t check on the boy for about five hours. When he did, the boy was unresponsive.

Wygant, who moved to Florida in January and is unemployed, has a criminal record in California that includes a rape charge, officials said.

Deputies: Man suffocated 1-year-old son so he could play video games. Tampa Bay Tomes, 4/17/2014.

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