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Citrus boy smothered: CA child welfare had contacted DCF about family

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Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death. Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his son's death.
Wygant was living in the Bell Villa Mobile Home Park in Homosassa. Wygant was living in the Bell Villa Mobile Home Park in Homosassa.
Wygant was living in the Bell Villa Mobile Home Park in Homosassa. Wygant was living in the Bell Villa Mobile Home Park in Homosassa.

News Channel 8 has uncovered new information about the case of a Citrus County man accused of smothering his son so he could play his Xbox game.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says the Florida Department of Children and Families was in contact with Child Protective Services in California before 16-month old Daymeon Wygant was killed.

Daymeon's Father, Cody Wygant, is charged with third-degree murder in connection with his death. Investigators say Wygant suffocated his son because he wouldn't stop crying and he was trying to play Xbox.

Wygant had recently moved to Florida with his girlfriend Jessika Dufour and was living in the Bell Villa Mobile Home Park in Homosassa with Dufour's mother, Geneva.

Investigators won't go into specifics about why authorities in California were in touch with Florida DCF.

Tim Mapes is with California Child Protective Services and said he could not comment on the case because of confidentiality laws.

Florida
DCF issued this statement:

"The child protective investigation regarding the Dufour/Wygant family remains an active and ongoing investigation.

There is no record of prior child abuse investigations regarding this family in the state of Florida.

As part of the investigation any and all communication between the Department's counterpart in the state of California is being reviewed as well as any contact the agency may have had with the family outside of a formal child protective investigation."

On Monday, deputies arrested the Dufours and charged them with two counts of child neglect in connection with a 3-month old girl they were supposed to be caring for.

Wygant is also facing two additional child neglect charges. The child had a rash that covered a majority of her body and was filthy.

Rose Judge says when DCF took the baby out of the house, it was the first time she'd ever seen her.

"She had red all over her neck, all over her back, it looked like a burn mark," said Judge. "But, from the reports it was a yeast infection."

Others who live in the mobile home park say they are outraged this happened.

"I don't know whether to pray for the man or what, you know?" said David Henderson.

"As Christians we're supposed to pray for people like that. But it made me so mad I don't know if prayer would work. "

Detention officers are holding Wygant in jail on a $200,000 bond. Jessica Dufour is being held on a $50,000 bond, and her mother Geneva is being held on a $30,000 bond.

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