Guilty plea expected in retrial for Victoria mom accused in toddler’s death

A woman accused of killing her 18-month-old daughter plans to plead guilty in an upcoming retrial.

Kaela Mehl was convicted of first-degree murder in October 2017 in the 2015 death of her daughter Charlotte Cunningham. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years.

Meyer appealed the conviction, arguing that the trial attorney failed to provide reasonable professional assistance and that one of the jurors was biased. Her appeal said one juror expressed support or sympathy for her daughter’s father’s family throughout the trial.

In June 2021, an appeals court ruled in her favor, overturning Mel’s conviction and ordering a new trial.

Mehl was due to appear in a Victorian court on Monday (November 14) where he was expected to plead guilty, but the case was adjourned. However, a prosecutor’s spokesperson told Black Press Media that her attorney said Monday that Mayer still intends to plead guilty to second-degree murder.

The Victorian woman pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges at the initial trial.

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