Woman helps her boyfriend kill his 6-year-old son by sitting on his feet while playing video gamesBy Mason White 4:28 PM January 10, 2016
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A young woman was arrested in connection with the death of her boyfriend’s son after the child was killed while she was playing video games, police in Florida said.
Englewood police said that they have arrested 22-year-old Ashley Cole, after being accused of sitting on the feet of her boyfriend’s 6-year-old son while he choked to death.
Cole was charged with principal to aggravated manslaughter of a child.
She was booked into jail, and her bail was set at $1 million.
As we reported earlier, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 31-year-old James Dearman, after being accused of pinning his 6-year-old son to a couch until he stopped breathing.
Dearman was charged with one count of aggravated child abuse. He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail, and his bail was set at $1 million.
According to the police investigation, on Thursday around 11:00 p.m., Dearman called the police to say that his son was unconscious and had stopped breathing.
Paramedics came to the home, and they took the child to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Doctors called the police after noticing bruises on the child’s back.
Police questioned Dearman and learned that he and his girlfriend, Ashley Cole, 22, were playing video games in the living room.
Dearman made his son and 7-year-old brother stand with his face to the wall.
When his son turned his back to look at the television, Dearman became angry and placed the child on the sofa, where he was forced to lie on his side with his face to the pillows.
Dearman then used his body weight to pin his child down while he and his girlfriend kept playing video games. His son shouted that he could not breathe and asked to use the bathroom to urinate.
After a few minutes, he fell unconscious. Dearman and his girlfriend left the child on the couch and went to the garage to smoke a cigarette.
When they were done, Dearman called the police. The 7-year-old brother was unhurt, and remains in the protective custody of the Department of Children and Families.