DALLAS (AP) The father of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found near the family’s suburban Dallas home less than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage was indicted Friday on a capital murder charge.
Sherin Mathews. (Richardson Police Department)
Dallas County court records show Wesley Mathews, 37, also faces charges of abandoning a child and tampering with evidence.
He is already charged with felony injury to a child.
Police say Mathews 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.
A warrant for her arrest was issued after investigators determined that the couple and their biological daughter went out to dinner on the night of Oct. 6, 2017, leaving the toddler at home alone,
An attorney for Wesley Mathews did not immediately return a call for comment.
Authorities say Mathews initially told investigators that Sherin disappeared before dawn on Oct. 7, 2017, after he made her stand outside as punishment for not drinking her milk.
They say he later changed his story and said she choked to death on milk and that he got rid of her body in the storm drain not far from their home.
“Wesley Mathews…physically assisted the 3-year-old girl in drinking the milk,” an arrest affidavit said.
The girl began to choke, coughed and her breathing slowed, the affidavit said.
“Eventually Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died,” the affidavit said.
He “then admitted to removing the body from the home.”