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Suffocated child showed signs of previous abuse, investigators say

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The Citrus County Sheriff's Office released more details in the investigation of a father charged with suffocating his 16-month-old son.

Cody Wygant, 24, is charged with third degree murder.

Investigators say he killed his son Daymeon early Thursday morning.

According to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, five adults and one other child were inside the mobile home when the baby died -- including the child's mother.

Investigators say the baby showed signs of a previously broken rib. The other child also showed signs of abuse, and is in the hospital. A spokesman did not reveal any more details about the second child, except to say that 3-month-old girl is in DCF custody now.

Lieutenant Brad Smith with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office says the conditions inside the mobile home were so bad, they had to call hazardous materials crews to the scene before investigators could go in.

"Living conditions were absolutely deplorable. We're dealing with a massive roach infestation in the home, extreme uncleanliness, dishes piled all the way up in the sink. You could barely walk through the residence," Smith said. "Before we went into the scene, Hazmat came out and did an air quality check to make sure it was even safe for us to go into the home."

Smith said Wygant and the child's mother tested positive for drugs, but could not say which ones, and whether Wygant was under the influence Thursday morning.

The mother and the other adults have not been named because they are still under investigation, Smith said.

Wygant and the mother moved to Citrus County from California in January, where Wygant has an extensive criminal history.

Smith said more charges could be coming for the other adults pending further investigation. Charges against Wygant could also be upgraded.

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