Man says he 'failed' as a father when 4-year-old son died

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - He says he failed as a father.

An eastern Kentucky man who admitted causing the death of his 4-year-old son spoke out from jail Friday.

It came a day after a Magoffin County judge sentenced James Garcia to five years in prison for reckless homicide.

Investigators say Garcia's son, Cameron, died of blunt force trauma in 2011.

Garcia says he was at work when the child was injured. He says his live-in girlfriend was watching Cameron at the time.

"I wasn't there for him (Cameron)," Garcia said. "I guess I should have sat there and watched him 24/7 but I put her trust in him."

Garcia says he pled guilty to reckless homicide because he felt he needed to take responsibility for his son's death.

During Thursday's sentencing, the child's mother lunged at Garcia.

Garcia says he wasn't surprised that happened. He says he understands she's in pain.

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