CITRUS COUNTY ( WFTS/CNN) – A Florida man is in custody in connection with the death of his toddler son.
Police say he confessed to suffocating the child so he could continue playing video games.
“My reaction was I was in shock,” suspect’s neighbor Don Mabesoone said.
Don Mabesoone lives here at Bell Villa Mobile Home Park with his wife, 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.”
He’s talking about this man, 24-year-old Cody 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. I didn’t know who it was, we have some elderly people who live down there so we thought something had happened. When I found out it was a kid it just broke my heart,” Mabesoone said.
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, returning five hours later after bingeing on video games and TV shows.
We went to his home where this sign was posted.
When it comes to punishment, this veteran had his own suggestion.
“My personal opinion bring back the firing squad,” Mabesoone said.
Wygant has no prior arrests in Citrus County.
But investigators say he has an extensive criminal history in California that includes trespassing and rape.
Wygant and his girlfriend also have a 3- month-old daughter who is now in state custody.