Wesley Mathews Indicted on Capital Murder Charge

Wesley Mathews

A grand jury in Dallas County, Texas, on Friday returned several charges, most notably capital murder, against Wesley Mathews. Then he changed his story to say the girl choked to death while drinking her milk in the garage.

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.

Sherin Mathews was reported missing by her father in October previous year, who had at the time said he left her outside their house as punishment for not drinking her milk.

If convicted on the capital murder charge, Wesley Mathews faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

Wesley Mathews, who was arrested in October previous 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".

"We are going to be the voice for her in this offense, and do all we can to make sure the fair and just thing is done", said Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson at a Friday press conference. The girl's mother, Sini Mathews, was previously arrested in the case for child abandonment or child endangerment.

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He reported his daughter missing on October 7, sparking a broad search involving numerous law enforcement agencies before her body was found on October 22.

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. "Eventually Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died".

He later told investigators the girl had developmental disabilities and was malnourished.

Wesley Mathews first told cops he made Sherin stand next to a tree at 3 a.m.as punishment for not drinking her milk.

Investigators wrote that he 'then admitted to removing the body from the home'. According to the affidavit, Mathews also said "he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he left his daughter".

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