Wesley Mathews indicted for capital murder

Grand Jury Indicts Sherin Mathews Father on Murder Charge

Grand Jury Indicts Sherin Mathews Father on Murder Charge

A Dallas County grand jury has indicted Wesley Mathews in the capital murder of his 3-year-old daughter.

Wesley Mathews, who was arrested in October a year ago 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".

There are more charges against him: injury to a child, abandoning a child, and tampering with evidence.

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 child, Sherin Mathews, disappeared in early October, sparking a broad search involving numerous law enforcement agencies before her body was found later that month.

According to testimony from doctors at a child custody hearing for the Mathewses' other daughter, Sherin showed significant signs of abuse during the year between her adoption by the Mathewses from India and her death. "We are committed to continue our diligent and steadfast efforts to seek justice on their behalf".

Dallas Co. DA Discuss Mathews Indictments
Dallas Co. DA Discuss Mathews Indictments

An autopsy released earlier this month revealed that 3-year-old Sherin Mathews died of "homicidal violence" after she disappeared from her adopted family's Richardson home on October 7, 2017. After two weeks of looking, searchers found Sherin's body less than a mile from the house.

Mathews said he had been trying to force the girl to drink milk in the garage of their home, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Richardson police.

The girl began to choke, coughed and her breathing slowed, the affidavit said. Investigators wrote that he "then admitted to removing the body from the home".

During the investigation, Mathews' story allegedly changed several times, including that she had died from choking on milk.

Wesley Mathews was jailed on $1 million bond last fall.

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

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