Texas father charged with murder in death of 3-year-old girl

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2018

A Dallas County grand jury handed down two indictments against Wesley Mathews, 37, the father of Sherin Mathews, who was found dead in a culvert near her Richardson home on October 22.

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".

The girl's mother, Sini Mathews, hasn't been charged in the death but is jailed on a separate child abandonment charge stemming from when she and her husband left Sherin home alone - the day before the girl was reported missing.

The murder indictment obtained by Law&Crime shows that the grand jury was sketchy on some of the details. For example, the "manner and means" of Sherin's death was "unknown" to jurors. Also, while they believed that her father used a deadly weapon in the incident, the grand jury didn't know what that weapon was supposed to be.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner announced in early January that young Sherin died of "homicidal violence," according to The Dallas Morning News.

Authorities say Mathews initially told investigators that Sherin disappeared before dawn on October 7, 2017, after he made her stand outside as punishment for not drinking her milk. Wesley Mathews later changed his statement to say that she died after choking while he was forcing her to drink milk, following which he was arrested.

Sherin Mathews body was found in a culvert near her home in Dallas Texas
Sherin Mathews body was found in a culvert near her home in Dallas Texas

CNN reached out to attorneys for the couple for comment, but received no reply.

Sherin was reported missing by her family on October 7 around 8 a.m.

In a second interview about two weeks after Sherin went missing, the father gave a different account.

Wesley Mathews, 37, was indicted on capital murder on Friday in the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter. "The 3-year-old began to choke". He remained behind bars at the Dallas County Jail on bond of $1 million. She was coughing and her breathing slowed.

Mathews admitted to police he removed the body from the home after she died, continued the affidavit. If convicted, she could get a prison sentence of 2-20 years, DA Johnson said.

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