Father of Sherin Mathews indicted for capital murder

Father of Sherin Mathews indicted for capital murder

Father of Sherin Mathews indicted for capital murder

The father of a three-year-old girl whose body was found in a drain near their suburban Dallas home about a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage was indicted Friday on capital murder.

Speaking to the press, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said Wesley Mathews faces a charge of capital murder, which is a felony punishable by either life imprisonment or the death sentence.

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Wesley Mathews, who was arrested in October past year after he changed his story about her disappearance, was initially charged with injury to a child will now also face a murder charge after the autopsy of his adopted daughter Sherin revealed she died from "homicidal violence". Sini Mathews was indicted on a charge of child abandonment.

His wife, 35-year-old Sini Mathews, is being held on a charge of abandoning a child.

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Mathews had initially told authorities he made Sherin stand outside because she wouldn't drink her milk, and she disappeared.

Johnson said evidence in the case was still unfolding but that there was no indication anyone outside of Sherin's parents was involved in the death. She's accused of abandoning Sherin. "We are committed to continue our diligent and steadfast efforts to seek justice on their behalf". After two weeks of looking, searchers found Sherin's body less than a mile from the house. According to court records, Wesley Mathews, used a "deadly weapon" in the death of Sherin but the "exact nature and description" was not presented to the grand jury. He told a detective that he had been trying to get Sherin to drink her milk in the garage, and she wouldn't listen to him, the affidavit states.

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The father said he removed the body from the home, the affidavit says. She was coughing and her breathing slowed. He remained behind bars at the Dallas County Jail on bond of $1 million.

"Eventually Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died", the affidavit said. Investigators wrote that he "then admitted to removing the body from the home".

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"We have some information as to what might have happened", Johnson said.

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