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A Citrus County, Florida man is charged with killing his one-year-old son so he could keep playing video games.

The Sheriff's Office says Cody Eugene Wygant, 24, is facing charges of 3rd degree murder and willful child neglect.

Daymeon Wygant, 1, was taken to Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center on Thursday morning, where he was pronounced dead.

The hospital contacted authorities, who went to the man's home in Homosassa.

Citrus County Sheriff's deputies arrested Wygant on Thursday morning. They say he confessed to suffocating the boy so he could continue to play Xbox video games.

Wygant put his hand over his son's mouth and nose for 3 to 4 minutes to stop him from crying, according to the arrest affidavit.

Documents also said Wygant admitted to putting the boy in his playpen and wrapping him in bedding "in such a way to prevent the decedent from receiving fresh air", said the affidavit.

Wygant then allegedly watched three episodes of the TV show "Fringe" and played Xbox games for five hours.

Detectives say the next time Wygant checked on his son, the boy was blue and not breathing.

The judge set the bond at $50,000 for each charge for a total of $100,000.

Wygant's next court appearance is scheduled for May 23.

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