CCSO: Man confessed to killing crying infant over video game

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. - A Homosassa man accused of killing his infant son so he could continue playing video games faced a judge for the first time on Friday.

Emergency crews arrived at his home Thursday morning after getting a call that the child was not breathing.

Deputies say when they arrived, Cody Wygant, 24, confessed to everything.

Cody Wygant is being held on a $100,000 bond for charges of pre-meditated murder and willful child neglect.

ABC Action News had a chance to speak with some of this neighbors who say they’re stunned by what happened and are holding their own children a little tighter today.

“My reaction was I was in shock,” said Don Mabesoone.

Mabesoone lives at Bell Villa Mobile Home Park with his wife, three kids and in laws. When he came home to flashing lights Thursday and heard what happened, this military vet, who served two tours of duty, had trouble stomaching the news.

“I have kids that play with the other children in here, and it was just beyond me,” said Mabesoone.

Wygant admitted to police he killed his 16 month old son because he wouldn’t stop crying while he played video games.

“I was trying to figure out what happened and when we saw the medical examiner, I thought somebody had died,” said Mabesoone’s wife Tina. “I didn’t know who it was, we have some elderly people who live down there so we thought may be one of them, when I found out it was a kid, it just broke my heart.”

Neighbors say this isn’t the first time police have been called to the home. Police say Wygant admitted after holding his hands over his sons nose and mouth for three or four minutes, he tightly wrapped him in a blanket so he couldn’t get air and placed him in a playpen. He returned five hours later after binging on video games and TV shows.

We went to his home where this sign was posted on the home that read “no comment, go away.”

When it comes to punishment, this veteran had his own suggestion.

“My personal opinion bring back the firing squad,” said Mabesoone.

Police say Wygant has an extensive criminal record in California which includes charges of rape. He is being held in Citrus County jail and is expected to return to court on May 23.

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