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Baby boy drowned in a bathtub ‘after his father forgot him for an hour while playing videogames’

  • 23-year-old Cordarius Cotton is charged with reckless manslaughter
  • 5-month-old Dezmend Cotton drowned on Sunday
  • He told investigators he placed the child in a tub of running water then forgot
  • He returned to the bathroom an hour later and then summoned help 

An Alabama man has been arrested in the suspected drowning death of his infant son.

He told investigators he placed the child in a tub of running water and forgot about the baby for more than an hour while he was playing a video game.

Sheriff’s officials in Birmingham say 23-year-old Cordarius Cotton is charged with reckless manslaughter in the death of 5-month-old Dezmend Cotton.

The baby's father Cordarius Cotton told investigators he turned on bath water, put the baby in the bath and left to play a video game, forgetting about the child for an hour

Five-month-old Dezmend Cotton drowned in a bathtub on Sunday. The baby’s father Cordarius Cotton told investigators he turned on bath water, put the baby in the bath and left to play a video game, forgetting about the child for an hour

A police statement released Tuesday says deputies answering a call Sunday night about a medical emergency arrived at a home to find a child who wasn’t breathing. 

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The statement says Cotton told investigators he turned on bath water, put the baby in the bath and left to play a video game, forgetting about the child.

Someone called 911 and started following instructions for CPR, but the child was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The baby’s mother was not home at the time. Two other children who live in the home have been placed in the care of a grandmother pending a investigation.

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