As 7-week-old Ethan Huhn lay dying, his father sat nearby playing video games on a laptop computer.
According to court documents filed Monday, the baby struggled to draw breath because of 13 rib fractures
that caused him terrible pain. He lay face down, a blanket bunched up under his face, in a room heated to 85 degrees.
Blood tests at autopsy showed Ethan had diphenhydramine, a sedative found in medicines such as Benadryl and Tylenol Simply Sleep, in his system.
Ethan's father, Anthony Huhn, admitted to "squeezing" his son on multiple occasions
, according to the documents. And he told police that he had not checked on his son for hours
on that day in March 2006 when the baby died, despite having to step over the boy on his way to the kitchen to make himself a root beer float.
Huhn was charged with murder but pleaded guilty Monday to the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter. He also pleaded guilty to malicious wounding and child neglect. His wife, Alisha Huhn, was convicted of felony child neglect. They are both scheduled to be sentenced in July.
In her summary of evidence against Huhn, prosecutor Jill Harris wrote that Ethan had likely been dead for about two hours before his father called 911
. Huhn claimed to have given the boy CPR
, but he was not near Ethan, who remained face down on the floor, when medics arrived. Huhn did not wake his wife until the boy had been taken out of the house
, Harris wrote.
Alisha Huhn admitted giving the baby a "piece" of Tylenol Simply Sleep the night before, Harris wrote.