Cops: Dad Smothered Son While Playing Video Games

Boy, 6, suffocated on Christmas Eve
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2016 4:44 PM CST

(Newser) – Authorities say a 6-year-old Florida boy is dead after his father pinned him against a couch while the man and his girlfriend played video games Christmas Eve. Local media outlets report that 31-year-old James Dearman was charged Thursday with aggravated manslaughter of a child. A Sarasota County Sheriff's Office report says Dearman and his live-in girlfriend told the victim and his 7-year-old brother to go to bed but the boys continued to run around. Dearman's girlfriend told deputies that the father eventually became angry and used his full body weight of 270 pounds to pin his younger son to the couch, with the boy facing the rear cushions.

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The boy reportedly said he couldn't breathe, and asked to use the bathroom, before urinating on the sofa and eventually becoming motionless after about five minutes, all while Dearman and his girlfriend allegedly continued to play video games, according to the News-Press. The report says the couple eventually realized the child wasn't breathing, so Dearman called 911 and began performing CPR. But WTSP reports that Dearman and his girlfriend allegedly first smoked cigarettes in the garage before calling 911. The boy was later pronounced dead at Englewood Hospital. Dearman was being held on $1 million bail. (Read more Florida stories.)

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