Texas man pleads guilty to lesser charge in daughter's death
By Associated Press
DALLAS (AP) - A Texas man who was accused of killing his adopted daughter has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge the day his trial for capital murder was scheduled to begin.
The Dallas Morning News reports Monday that Wesley Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty to injury to a child by omission, which gives Mathews the chance for a lighter sentence than if he'd been found guilty of capital murder.
Mathews reported to police in October 2017 that his daughter was missing. The body of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews was found about two weeks later in a culvert near their Richardson home.
Mathews was indicted in January in Sherin's death. In March, prosecutors dropped a child-abandonment charge against Sherin's mother, Sini Mathews.
Mathews' sentencing began Monday after the guilty plea.
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