A father authorities say killed his 15-month old toddler was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday.
Darian McWoods, 25, will serve a minimum of 25 years behind bars before being eligible to apply for parole, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said. He will not receive any credit for good time.
In court Wednesday, McWoods showed no remorse and accepted no responsibility for the death of his little girl.
“I know I’m innocent,” McWoods said. “My daughter knows her daddy is innocent.”
McWoods was convicted on all counts earlier this month in connection to his daughter’s death five years ago. Kamaya Flores died from a methadone overdose, police said.
McWoods was caring for Kamaya when she died Dec. 17, 2013. Officers say it is not clear how Kamaya got the methadone.
The coroner also said Kamaya suffered physical abuse, including broken ribs, facial bruising and hemorrhaging. During the trial, the jury heard evidence that made it clear that McWoods took and had access to pain pill and liked to take ecstasy.
Kamaya’s mother was not in court for McWoods’ sentencing Wednesday. Her grandmother and great-grandmother were, however.
The women described Kamaya as a sweet and loving child who liked to cuddle. They said McWoods was a “monster” and a callous parent.
After McWoods’ sentencing, the women said they weren’t surprised by McWoods’ statement of innocence and his accusation that the trial was not fair.
“I was there every day for court, so it’s not the first time I’ve heard him talk like this,” Raquel Flores-Vuylsteke, Kamaya’s grandmother, said.
Kamaya’s great-grandmother, Patricia Fisher, said McWoods’ response made her angry.
“It makes you angry, but you just have to rely on the justice system,” Fisher said. “The justice system in this world and the hereafter. He has to face that one day and you can’t deny yourself before God.”
McWoods’ mother also spoke in court Wednesday, asking the judge for leniency so that her son can one day show that “this is not who he is”.
The judge was not lenient, though many of Kamaya’s relatives are not happy with the possibility that McWoods could be a free man in 27 years.
In addition to murder by abuse, McWoods was also convicted of manslaughter, criminal homicide, criminal mistreatment and tampering with a witness.
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