Florida Dad Shakes Baby to Death for Interrupting Xbox Marathon
The boy's mother, Amber Newton, told Polk County Sheriff's Deputies that on Thursday Hartley played video games from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. He was interrupted for thirty minutes to hold his crying son, Colton D. Hartley, and allegedly shook him and yelled, "Damn you Colton, please go to [expletive] sleep."
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Newton took the child away from him. Hartley continued playing Xbox until he left to go to work at a Sam's Club.
Hartley returned later that night and continued playing video games until 4 a.m. The baby woke up at about that time, and Hartley held him. Newton says she found her baby bleeding form the mouth and nose. He was taking the hospital and died at 7 a.m. on Friday morning. His death was consistent with being shaken.
Hartley confessed to shaking the baby on Thursday, and one other time in the prior week. He is now being charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse.
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