Houston: In an unexpected turn, the Indian-American father, accused of killing his 3-year-old adopted daughter Sherin Mathews and hiding her body in a culvert in suburban Dallas has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, according to media reports. Wesley Mathews, 39, pleaded guilty to injury to a child by omission even before his capital murder trial opened at a Dallas district court on Monday.
The lesser charge comes with a lighter possible sentence. Mathews had been charged with capital murder of a person under the age of 10 in the death of his special needs adoptive daughter, Sherin, in October 2017. If convicted, Mathews faced life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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