A 24-year-old Florida man has been charged with third-degree murder after allegedly suffocating his son because the infant’s crying prevented him from playing Xbox games.
Deputies arrived to Cody Eugene Wygant’s Homosassa home Thursday after receiving a tip that his 16-month-old son Daymeon wasn’t breathing. The child was rushed to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Wygant later confessed to smothering the child when questioned by investigators, saying that the boy’s uncontrollable crying prevented him from playing video games.
The arrest report notes that Wygant allegedly covered the boy’s nose and mouth between three and four minutes before placing the child in a playpen and covering him with bedding.
Investigators say that Wygant then proceeded to play video games for 90 minutes and watched three episodes of “Fringe.” When he returned to check on the child five hours later, he had turned blue and was not breathing.
“It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son – it just baffles the mind,” Sheriff Jeff Dawsy told the Associated Press. “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.”
The mother of the child, Wygant’s girlfriend, was not home at the time of the incident. Wygant is the primary care giver for the child.
An autopsy was completed Thursday, but results have not been made public. Wygant was being held Friday without bail at the Citrus County Jail.