Foster father pleads guilty in child's death

A St. Paul foster care provider charged in connection to the 2009 drowning death of a 18-month-old girl pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Friday in Ramsey County District court, the Star Tribune reported.

Daniel Lee Wright, 51, admitted that the government likely had the evidence it needed for a jury to convict him under the terms of an Alford plea, the Pioneer Press reported.

Wright agreed that Brianna Rose Jackson was small for her age but denied that she was unsteady in a sitting position because of developmental delays, and that she often toppled over when reaching for something, the Pioneer Press reported.

According to the plea agreement, Wright would have 10 years of probation and be sentenced six months to a year in jail, the Star Tribune reported.

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