Midway through her murder trial, a woman accused of leaving her 5-year-old girl naked in an unheated porch on a cold winter day pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter.
Earlene Wright Riggins, 25, admitted to recklessly causing Tysheka Wright's death from hypothermia by placing her in a locked porch with the windows open and temperatures dipping into the 20s on Jan. 22.
She said wanted to discipline the girl for bed-wetting but didn't intend to kill her.
She could get five to 15 years in prison at her sentencing on Sept. 22. If convicted of second-degree murder, she might have drawn 25 years to life.