Florida man charged with murdering son so he could play video games

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Wow..talking about insanity?

Wow..talking about insanity? That is it. No one in the right mind would do such a thing.

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Sadly, I have read other

Sadly, I have read other stories like this one.

I did some digging on the story, because I wanted to know where the **** the mother was. The 16 month old has a 3 month old little sister too!

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/25285833/2014/04/18/suffocated-child-showed-signs-of-previous-abuse-investigators-say

Both of these kids show signs of abuse. The mother needs charged too. Screw these parents. He was running from the law in CA and they were probably both on welfare, as it looks like neither one of them were working. The 16 month old was in the playpen from 7am in the morning until 1am, when he probably got so bored he cried. His "dad" got interrupted from precious game time, he suffocated his kid.

I really think the punishment should fit the crime on this case. Imagine the quality of his baby's poor short little life...... I could just cry.

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Florida man charged with

Florida man charged with murdering son so he could play video gamesFri, Apr 18 2014

By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler and left him to die in a playpen, police said on Friday.

Cody Wygant, 24, was arrested on Thursday on charges of third-degree murder, which is an unplanned killing, and child neglect with great bodily harm, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Heather Yates, said.

A judge on Friday set bond at $100,000 for Wygant.

Wygant, who is from Homosassa, located about 92 miles west of Orlando, told investigators that he was trying to play Xbox games online at 1 a.m. on Thursday and became frustrated by his son, Daymeon, who was crying uncontrollably, according to the arrest affidavit.

Wygant said he placed his hand over the boy's mouth and nose for three to four minutes until the child appeared exhausted and lethargic. He placed the boy in a playpen and covered him from head to toe with several layers of bedding, tucked in such a way that it prevented fresh air from getting to the boy, investigators said in the affidavit.

Wygant told investigators he played video games and watched television for about five hours before checking on the boy, who by then was blue and not breathing.

"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son - it just baffles the mind," Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear if Wygant has an attorney. A representative from the local public defender's office could not be reached for comment.

Yates said Wygant was unemployed and recently had moved to Florida from California. Yates said Wygant has an extensive criminal history in California ranging from trespassing to rape.

The medical examiner is conducting further testing to verify that the death was caused by suffocation and determine the exact time of death, Yates said.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Leslie Adler)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-usa-videogames-killings-idUSBREA3H0K620140418

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Suffocated child showed

Suffocated child showed signs of previous abuse, investigators say

Posted: Apr 18, 2014 4:16 PM CDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2014 4:22 PM CDT

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office released more details in the investigation of a father charged with suffocating his 16-month-old son.

Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third degree murder.

Investigators say he killed his son Daymeon early Thursday morning.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, five adults and one other child were
inside the mobile home when the baby died -- including the child's mother.

Investigators say the baby showed signs of a previously broken rib. The other child
also showed signs of abuse, and is in the hospital. A spokesman did not reveal any more details about the second child, except to say that 3-month-old girl is in DCF
custody now.

Lieutenant Brad Smith with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office says the conditions inside the mobile home were so bad, they had to call hazardous materials crews to the scene before investigators could go in. "Living conditions were absolutely deplorable. We're dealing with a massive roach infestation in the home, extreme uncleanliness, dishes piled all the way up in the sink. You could barely walk through the residence," Smith said. "Before we went into the cene, Hazmat came out and did an air quality check to make sure it was even safe for us to go into the home."

Smith said Wygant and the child's mother tested positive for drugs, but could not say which ones, and whether Wygant was under the influence Thursday morning.

The mother and the other adults have not been named because they are still under investigation, Smith said.

Wygant and the mother moved to Citrus County from California in January, where Wygant has an extensive criminal history.

Smith said more charges could be coming for the other adults pending further investigation. Charges against Wygant could also be upgraded.

http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/25285833/2014/04/18/suffocated-child-showed-signs-of-previous-abuse-investigators-say

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A very tragic story. It's

A very tragic story.

It's not about video games though; it seems more about social disfunction, poverty, drugs and how families can get into this position in the first place.

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Yes, drj.  Today, gaming is

Yes, drj. Today, gaming is another drug of choice to escape from real life.

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As doctors, we are seeing

As doctors, we are seeing more abuse related to video game addiction in the PICU and ER.

It is about "video game addiction" NOT "video games".

Similarly, abuse related to alcohol is about "alcohol addiction" NOT "alcohol".

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This is truly

This is truly heart-breaking. To me it shows the power of addiction and the desperate sadness of untreated mental illness.

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Also it begs the question,

Also it begs the question, do the "authorities" really care and do all they can about children living in poverty and neglect? Welfare = taxes . Will USA voters approve public money to be spent on lifting children out of poverty and breaking the cycle?

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**WARNING: VIDEO GAME IMAGES

**WARNING: VIDEO GAME IMAGES IN VIDEO BELOW**

This is where I explain, based on medical and scientific research, how the Tetris Effect, Gaming Addiction, Violent Games, and Mental Instability may lead to severe violent behaviors.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu1TBzTXldo&feature=youtu.be&t=31m11s

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That mobile home was full of

That mobile home was full of addicts, including a gaming addict who killed his son. If he had been alone with his son, it's one thing, but there were several adults in that trailor who stood by and didn't do anything to help that baby survive. ALL of them are at fault. They all bear responsibility for the child's death and the abuse noted by authorities that two children suffered, one even had a broken hip. That's despicable.

Addiction is the problem. Not a particular game; gaming addiction is just as bad as other drug addictions. All addictions prevent us from living in reality, and addicts will do anything to continue their using, including games.

Games and gaming aren't the problem, addiction to gaming is.

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According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, five adults and one other child were inside the mobile home when the baby died -- including the child's mother.

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This is a very very sad

This is a very very sad story.... It is terrible what happened to the poor baby...

Father having some untreated mental issues (maybe due to his own upbringing),combined with drug and gaming abuse.. It was just a matter of time..

It is not the first time and I am afraid it won't be the last unless the social issues are dealt with more effectively..

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May Light wrote: This is a
May Light wrote:

This is a very very sad story.... It is terrible what happened to the poor baby...

Father having some untreated mental issues (maybe due to his own upbringing),combined with drug and gaming abuse.. It was just a matter of time..

It is not the first time and I am afraid it won't be the last unless the social issues are dealt with more effectively..

May, you know what else is sad? The new generation of gaming addicts we see now are a consequence of the previous 10 years of gaming abuse, i.e. age group 8-10 y.o. when they started playing online with the ease of connectivity like battle.net, Xbox Live, and PS Network, who are now young adults.

fMRI scan studies have shown that when parents interact with their infant children, BOTH brains light up like they are "addicted to cocaine". We were born, created, "evolved" what have you, to have our dopamine pathways lightup in our brains when we become attach and bond with THINGS THAT MATTER. The problem with addiction is that the addict bonds with substances or a behavior, i.e. a process addiction like gaming, to feel the "dopamine high" to escape "something" rooted in their hearts or mental instability, genetic and environmentally-induced. Over time, bonding issues become a huge problem because the addict only has 24 hours a day to allocate to activities: work, relationships, marriage, raising children, play, etc... When the addict bonds less with a child BUT more to the substance or process addiction, there is a tipping point when the conscience is seared as with a hot iron, and the addict bonds more to the addiction, rather than the child he or she spends little time with. In many cases, the gaming addict prefers the game over their spouse and even sex! In many cases, the addict fulfills the need for intimacy with pornography. This is why the large studies on Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) out of Greece have shown that gaming addiction and IAD are GATEWAY behaviors to: 1) relationship problems between child and parents; 2) gambling addiction; 3) porn addiction; and 4) drug and alcohol abuse. This is not my opinion, this is what the medical research has shown. It's data. The addicts and "lovers of video games" will deny the data. The non-gamers will see it.

Yes, we will see more of this because the young gaming addicts coming into adult hood have all physiological abilities to have children but no mental capacity to be parents because their brains have been severely damaged in regards to bonding behavior, social behavior, and numerous important fundamental behaviors.

As humans, how do we become better at something? We practice. So if a child is a gaming addict for most of his or her young brain developmental years, will they be better at human interaction or will they be better at pumping dopamine into their brain with gaming strategies and gaming competition?

This short video is where Julie and I explain this concept with recent brain scan data from the National Institutes of Mental Health:

Brain Development and When Best to Train The Child's Mind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvDgPKh6Yi0

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mudphud wrote: Yes, we will
mudphud wrote:

Yes, we will see more of this because the young gaming addicts coming into adult hood have all physiological abilities to have children but no mental capacity to be parents because their brains have been severely damaged in regards to bonding behavior, social behavior, and numerous important fundamental behaviors.

You hit the nail in the head! There will be more and more gaming addicts in the role of parenthood in the coming years and unless they can break the cycle of addiction , what chances will their poor offsprings have?

It will be like an epidemic unless the message goes out to the parents and the schools.

I always admire your willingness and determination to spread the message, thank you.

"The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past. You can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches." "The first step toward change is acceptance." "Once you accept yourself, you open the door to change. That's all you have to do." "Change is not something you do, it's something you allow."- Will Garcia

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