SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A Magoffin County judge has rejected a plea deal and sentenced a father to five years in prison in the death of his son.
James Garcia was sentenced Thursday in the death of 4-year-old Cameron Mullins. A coroner's report said the boy died of blunt force trauma.
Garcia was originally charged with manslaughter, but entered a plea to reckless homicide. Prosecutor's recommended a 16-month sentence.
Judge Kim Childers did not accept the recommendation, saying Garcia hasn't shown any remorse. Childers sentenced Garcia to the maximum under sentencing guidelines for the crime.
Garcia's girlfriend, Cindy Collins, was also originally charged with manslaughter in the case. Last year, Collins pleaded guilty to an amended charge of falsely reporting an incident.
Investigators say the child's father, 42-year-old James Garcia, and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Cindee Collins, are responsible for the death of Cameron Bryce Mullins.
Both are charged with first degree manslaughter.
The couple was arrested last week after being indicted by a Magoffin County grand jury.
Wednesday, the judge set their bond at $250,000 cash only. Mullins died two days before Christmas last year at a hospital in Huntington.
The Magoffin County deputy coroner says the autopsy report shows the child died from an assault.
"Head trauma due to blunt force injuries to the cranium, which is the head, the trunk of the body, and other extremities as well," said Brian Parker.
"It's been an eleven month investigation by the Kentucky State Police. From that investigation, there have been indictments handed down from the Magoffin County grand jury. It's an ongoing investigation so not a lot more information can be released at this time," said Detective Jason Dials.
The deputy coroner says the boy had other injuries besides the
fatal head injury.
"I'm not going to go into great detail, but there was a vast amount of bruising and different wounds as well," said Parker.
The couple is scheduled to be arraigned on November 17.
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