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Nathan Weitzel on Wednesday admitted he tried to kill his 2½ year-old son when he wrecked his car while the child was intentionally unrestrained.

Weitzel, 31, of Centennial, pleaded guilty Feb. 7 to one count of first-degree attempted murder after deliberation, a Class 2 felony.

On Aug. 21, 2016, Weitzel drove his Acura sedan about 75 mph and crashed into several parked cars in the 6000 block of Eudora Way in Centennial. He was wearing his seatbelt, but his son in the backseat was not restrained in any way.

Weitzel admitted to investigators he had been using cocaine and wanted to kill his son because being a father was a big responsibility, and he did not think he was man enough to raise a child.

Weitzel’s son recovered from serious injuries.

Weitzel had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity on April 13, 2017. In exchange for his guilty plea to the top count, prosecutors agreed to drop the other six charges.

Weitzel will be sentenced April 3.

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