Cody Wygant isn’t going to win any father of the year awards anytime soon. The 24-year-old Florida man was arrested on Thursday and charged with third-degree murder for the death of his 1-year-old son Daymeon.
According to reports, emergency crews were called to the Wygant house after Daymeon was blue and unresponsive in his playpen. The infant was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. While being interviewed by police, Cody Wygant reportedly confessed that he was frustrated by the child’s crying, as it was interfering with his ability to play X-Box games online. He told police that he took the child out of the playpen, placed his hand over Daymeon’s nose and mouth for at least three minutes until he quieted, and put the infant back into the playpen. Wygant told police that he then covered the child with several layers of bedding.
According to police, Wygant claimed to have gone back to his gaming for over an hour before settling in to watch three episodes of the TV show “Fringe.” When he finally checked on the infant again five hours later, the child was not responsive. Wygant’s girlfriend was not at home during this time. The couple’s 3-month-old daughter was remanded to the custody of Florida’s Department of Children and Families.
Wygant is now being held in a Citrus County, Florida jail. His bail was set this morning at $100,000.
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