RICHARDSON, Texas (KRLD) The autopsy report in the death of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews says she died of ‘homicidal violence,’ but there is no specific cause of death, sources close to the investigation told KRLD Tuesday.
Sherin’s adoptive parents Sini and Wesley Mathews lost custody of their biological child after Sherin went missing for two weeks in October.
Her body was later found in a culvert near her home.
Even though the Dallas County Medical Examiner confirmed that Sherin’s manner of death was due to ‘homicidal violence,’ because of level of decomposition, they could not determine an exact cause of death.
Wesley Mathews was arrested and charged with injury to a child, a felony.
Sini Mathews was arrested for child endangerment.
Mathews originally told authorities that he was punishing Sherin at 3:00 a.m. for not drinking her milk.
He ordered her to go into the family’s backyard and stand alone by a tree.
When he returned about 15 minutes later, he stated, the child was no longer there.
Mathews, 37, then changed his story, according to arrest affidavits, claiming that he “physically assisted” Sherin with drinking milk.
The toddler started to choke and, after coughing for a bit, her breathing began to slow down, he said.
When he could no longer feel the girl’s pulse, Mr. Mathews “believed she had died” and removed Sherin’s body from the home.
Mathews remained Wednesday in the Dallas County Jail where he was ordered held on a $1 million bond.
Sini Mathews had her bond reduced from $250,000 to $100,000 in December but she remains in custody as well.
The courts have said if she posts bond, she’ll be released only on the condition she agrees to wear an electronic ankle monitor, as she is said to be a flight risk who could try to flee to her native India.
Richardson Police have said they will be releasing more details on the case later today.