A 24-year-old Florida man confessed to killing his crying infant Thursday morning so he could continue playing Xbox games, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.
Cody Eugene Wygant of Homosassa is charged with third-degree murder and willful child neglect, deputies said.
Deputies arrived at Wygant’s home on Thursday after receiving a report that Daymeon, Wygant’s 16-month-old child, had stopped breathing, deputies said.
The boy was taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was completed Thursday.
When he faced detectives, Wygant confessed to suffocating the child, deputies said.
According to his arrest report, Wygant said he placed his hand over the child’s mouth and nose for three to four minutes because the baby cried uncontrollably, preventing him from playing Xbox.
He then placed the child in a playpen and put multiple layers of bedding over his body and head, tucking it beneath his body to prevent him from getting fresh air, the report says.
Wygant didn’t return for another five hours. He played Xbox for an hour and a half and watched three episodes of “Fringe,” the report says. When he finally checked on the child, he was blue and not breathing.
Wygant has no prior arrests in Citrus County, but has what investigators described as an extensive criminal history in California that includes trespassing and rape.
"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son -- it just baffles the mind," Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said in a news release. "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."
Wygant doesn’t work and has no local family, the report says. His only connection to Florida is his girlfriend, who is the mother of the deceased child and Wygant’s 3-month-old daughter.
The daughter was placed in custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.