A father of two suffocated his youngest son to death as punishment for not going to bed on time during Christmas Eve.
The 19-stone dad sat playing computer games, as he used his weight to pin down and smother his six year old son against the couch, according to police.
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The Mirror reports:
James “Rick” Dearman, 31, carried on playing games with his live-in girlfriend at the same time he was squeezing the life from his child, according to cops.
Sarasota County Sheriff’s Deputies say the dead boy’s 7-year-old sibling watched the horrific incident.
In an affidavit, the surviving child said: “When dad squished him, he got dead.”
Dearman’s partner, Ashley Cole, told police they had told the two children to go to bed at 7.30pm.
Their dad allegedly became angry when the two children wouldn’t go to sleep, reports WFLA .
She said Dearman told the youngsters to stand facing the wall – but he saw the six-year-old peeking.
The furious dad forced the boy to lie on his side on the couch with his face against the rear cushions.
He then pinned the child down using his bodyweight.
Cops say Dearman ignored the boy’s screams that he couldn’t breathe and carried on playing games.
After five minutes the child stopped moving and the couple went to the garage for a cigarette.
When they returned they saw that his lips were blue and he wasn’t breathing.
Ms Cole ran back to the garage to pray while Dearman called paramedics and tried to perform CPR on his son.
The emergency services arrived and rushed to boy to hospital, but he was pronounced dead.
Dearman was arrested and charged with aggravated child abuse.
On Thursday afternoon the charge was changed to aggravated manslaughter of a child.
He is currently in the Sarasota County Jail.
Sheriff’s Office Captain John Walsh said: “There’s not a detective or anybody who isn’t pretty upset about this and finds it egregious and malicious, the treatment of a six-year-old child.”
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