Father Who Claimed Missing Daughter Choked on Milk is Charged With Murder

The father of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found near their suburban Dallas home less than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage has been indicted on a capital murder charge by a grand jury. Dallas County court records show 37-year-old Wesley Mathews also faces charges of abandoning a child and tampering with evidence. 

He is already charged with felony injury to a child.

Police say Mathews, in one account, told investigators that Sherin Mathews choked on her milk.

Mathews is being held at the Dallas County jail on a $1 million bond. His wife, 35-year-old Sini Mathews, is being held on a charge of abandoning a child.

Police have said they believe Sini Mathews was sleeping when the girl went missing Oct. 7. The abandonment charge stems from police accusations that the woman left Sherin home alone for more than an hour while she, her husband and the couple’s 4-year-old biological child went to dinner in Garland, reports CBS DFW.

An attorney for Wesley Mathews did not immediately return a call for comment.

Wesley Mathews has given several accounts of what happened to his daughter. In his initial story given to investigators after the child vanished, Mathews said that he sent the girl outside as punishment for not drinking her milk, and when he returned about 15 minutes later, the child was gone. He reported her missing about five hours later.

Sherin was adopted from India in 2016. Mathews told investigators the girl had developmental disabilities and was malnourished. He described a special diet regimen in which she had to eat whenever she was awake in order to gain weight.

Mathews also reportedly told investigators that he “knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he left his daughter.”

Later that month, Mathews gave investigators with the Richardson Police Department a disturbing new story, detailed in an arrest warrant issued at the time for felony injury to a child while he was out on bond on a child abandonment charge.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press