Saturday, April 19, 2014

"Primary caretaker" dad arrested for smothering to death 16-month-old son so he could play video games (Citrus County, Florida)

This is not unheard of behavior for young male "caretakers." Many of them are video game addicts these days. There was a recent case just like this in Korea. Check out the video game and video game tabs for other examples.

Dad is identified as CODY WYGANT.

Update: The New York Post reports that this dipsh** was the primary caretaker. Lord help us....

Father Arrested For Smothering Son To Death So He Could Play Video Games

By Oulimata Ba | Apr 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

A father in Florida was arrested for smothering his son to death so he could get back to playing video games, police said Friday.

Cody Wygant is accused of suffocating his 16-month-old son Daymeon in an attempt to quiet him because he was crying, the Associated Press reported. Police said the father was upset because he could not focus on the video games he was playing on an Xbox. Wygant, 24, was arrested and held without bail at the Citrus County Jail.

"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son- it just baffles the mind," Sheriff Jeff Dawsy told the AP. "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."

Daymeon Wygant was pronounced dead on Thursday when emergency responders brought him to a hospital. The father was charged with third-degree murder and child neglect.

Police said the father covered his son's nose and mouth for about four minutes before placing him in a playpen and wrapping his body and head in bedcovers, the AP reported. Cody Wygnant did not check on his son until five hours later. During that time Cody played games on his Xbox and watched episodes of the TV show "Fringe."

Daymeon had turned blue and was unresponsive by the time Cody checked on him, police told the AP.

Cody told police the baby was placed in the playpen at around 7 a.m. Thursday. But Cody admitted to suffocating the child at around 1 a.m. that morning, the AP reported.

The child's mother, Cody's girlfriend, was not home at the time of the incident. The two have another child, a 3-month-old girl, who was taken by the Department of Children and Families.

Results from an autopsy performed on the son were not released to the media.