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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Authorities say an Alabama man arrested in the suspected drowning death of his infant son told investigators he placed the child in a tub of running water and forgot about the baby while playing a video game.

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

A police statement released Sept 25 says deputies answering a call earlier in the week 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 and left to play a video game, forgetting about the child.

Authorities haven’t released the child’s name. Court records aren’t available to show whether Cotton has a lawyer.

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