5-month-old boy drowns in bathtub while dad played video games


The father of a 5-month-old boy has been charged in his son’s death after the child drowned in a bathtub Sunday night.

Authorities responded to the Jefferson County Housing Authority Complex around 8:19 p.m.. According to al.com, first responders tried to revive the boy on the way to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Police say Cordarius Cotton, 23, left his son Dezmend in the bathtub for more than an hour while he played a video game, and forgot about the boy. When he returned to the bathtub about an hour later, the child was unresponsive.

Cotton has been charged with manslaughter.

Dezmend’s mother was not home at the time. Two other children who live in the home were placed in the care of a grandmother.

Cotton has been held in the county jail.

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