Woman pleads guilty but mentally ill in death of daughter, 3

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YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, which police said she told a neighbor occurred because she had to “get the darkness” out of the child.

33-year-old Regina Lester entered an open plea Wednesday, leaving her June 27 sentence up to the York County judge.

Police said Lester’s 6-year-old son ran to a neighbor’s house in June 2016 and said his mother was trying to kill his sister.

The neighbor said Lester, naked and “hugging a tree” outside her mobile home, said “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to do it. You understand I had to get the darkness out of her.”

Police said she banged on another neighbor’s door, saying “I need to kill your kids.”

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