Ga. sailor played video game as infant son suffocated

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 5:40 AM
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WOODBINE, Ga. - A judge sentenced a former Kings Bay sailor to three years in prison for the death of his 11-week-old son, who suffocated while the man played an online video game.

Andrew Warner, 29, read a statement saying no sentence imposed by the court could equal the pain of losing his son, Brandin, who died Jan. 16, 2009, while Warner baby-sat him at the family's Kingsland home. Saying the Navy discharged him because of his conviction in his son's death, Warner asked for probation.

Noting he's been separated from his wife, Kristy, and their other children because of his arrest, Warner said they need him with them and not in prison.

"I have had to live with it every day over and over ... I feel remorse not just for doing something wrong but for putting my family through this," Warner read. "I know I can't get my son back, but since I can't get him back, please don't take them away, too."

Under cross-examination, Warner said he "believed that law enforcement was responsible" for a Camden County jury convicting him March 31 of involuntary manslaughter and three other charges in Brandin's death.

As he pronounced sentence, Superior Court Judge Anthony Harrison told Warner that he understands "you have suffered the loss of a child, the loss of your family and the loss of your job."

"But what bothers me, Mr. Warner, is you don't accept full responsibility for the death of your son despite the fact the jury found you guilty," Harrison said.

The judge also forbade Warner from owning or playing any online games or home video gaming systems while on probation.

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TheArmyWife 05/11/11 - 06:54 am
I have never understood why a

I have never understood why a mom left alone with her children is parenting, but a dad left alone with his children is said to be babysitting.

CABoatright 05/11/11 - 07:04 am
...played video games as his

...played video games as his newborn suffocated...Warner stated he "believed that law enforcement was responsible." What???

lovebugg 05/11/11 - 07:59 am
Men & women want to know why

Men & women want to know why their spouse fusses about the video games???? When they play they get so involved they pay no attention to anything else around them!!!!! Grow up!!!! If your so "grown" why do you need games??????? They are for kids!!!!!!

corgimom 05/11/11 - 08:25 am
"Investigators testified on

"Investigators testified on the first day of the trial that Andrew Warner said on the day of his son's death that he had fed his son, played with him and then put him on his and his wife's bed with pillows around him so he would not roll off. But when a completed autopsy report arrived six months later saying Brandin had suffocated, Andrew Warner acknowledged to Naval Criminal Investigative Services that he played "World of Warcraft" longer than he had admitted earlier and had seen his son with a pillow over his head. He left the pillow where it was and went back to playing the video game, investigators said."

corgimom 05/11/11 - 08:27 am
"But she also testified about

"But she also testified about the odd circumstances of her son's birth, saying she didn't know she was pregnant until she gave birth at home Oct. 28, 2008, to an 8-pound, 2-ounce boy.

She had gone to the doctor in September and was told she was not pregnant but had a progesterone deficiency, for which she was prescribed birth control pills, Kristy Warner testified.

But with her family having financial trouble, she worried about caring for a fourth, unplanned child and went on the Internet looking at adoption sites, she testified.

After she and Brandin went to the hospital, she spoke with state Department of Family and Children Services about the possibility of putting her son up for adoption, Kristy Warner said.

"I wanted what was best for him,'' she said.

After speaking with Navy social workers and her mother, she and her husband were certain by the end of the day they wanted to keep their son.

"My mom came to the hospital, told me we would have support. All we had to do was love him," she said.

And her husband did love their son, Kristy Warner said.

"He adored him. He was his boy. He spent more time with that baby than he did with any of the other three," she said.

The other three, daughters 8, 6 and 4, are all in her mother's custody now. As she gave her children's ages, she ended with, "Brandin is almost 2."

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