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Cops: Dad Played Video Game While Infant Son Drowned

Alabama father charged with reckless manslaughter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 12:11 AM CDT
Cordarius Cotton.   (Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – A father in Alabama has been charged with reckless manslaughter in the drowning death of his 5-month-old son. Police say Cordarius Cotton, 23, put the boy in the bathtub at his Birmingham home Sunday night, turned the water on, and then forgot about his son for an hour while he played a video game, AL.com reports. Cotton called authorities after finding the boy unresponsive. The boy's mother wasn't home at the time. Dezmend Cotton was pronounced dead at the Children's of Alabama hospital. "This was a heart-wrenching case for all involved, including our personnel. God bless this family and this little boy," says Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian, per USA Today. Authorities say two other children who lived at the home have been placed in the care of their grandmother. (Read more Alabama stories.)

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