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Florida man accused of suffocating toddler in order to play more video games

A Florida man is accused of suffocating his 1-year-old son in order to have more time to play his Xbox video games.

The Citrus County Sheriff’s office told the Tampa Bay Tribune and the Associated Press that Cody Wygant, 24, has been charged with third-degree murder and willful child neglect.

According to the Tribune:

Citrus County Fire Rescue responded to Wygant’s home after receiving an emergency call at 8:21 a.m. Thursday that the child, Daymeon Wygant, wasn’t breathing.

According to the sheriff’s office, he confessed that he suffocated his son to be able to play video games. Wygant told investigators that he was frustrated that Daymeon was crying uncontrollably and preventing him from playing Xbox games, the sheriff’s office said.

At about 1 a.m. Thursday, Wygant placed his hand over Daymeon’s mouth and nose for three to four minutes. He told investigators that his son became lethargic and appeared exhausted. He placed him in the playpen covering him with multiple layers of bedding, the sheriff’s office said.    Daymeon’s entire body was covered, including his head. The bedding was tucked under the boy in a manner that prevented the boy from receiving fresh air, the sheriff’s office said.

Wygant then played Xbox for an hour and a half and watched three episodes of the television show “Fringe,” the sheriff’s office said.

Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.

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