Wesley Mathews Indicted on Capital Murder Charge

Wesley Mathews Indicted on Capital Murder Charge

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.

Wesley Mathews, 37, was additionally arraigned in Dallas County Court on charges of forsaking a tyke and altering proof.

Prosecutors said the capital murder charge, which could carry the death penalty, was filed after an autopsy determined his daughter died from 'homicidal violence'.

Mathews had already been charged with felony injury to a child.

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.

Wesley Mathews first told cops he made Sherin stand next to a tree at 3 a.m.as punishment for not drinking her milk. Wesley initially told Richardson police he put Sherin outside in an alley because she wouldn't drink her milk. If convicted, she could get a prison sentence of 2-20 years, DA Johnson said.

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An attorney for Wesley Mathews did not immediately return a call for comment. The local police chief said it's been an intense case for his officers.

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.

"There is virtually no employee in the Richardson Police Department who has not been involved in this case", Police Chief Jimmy Spivey said Friday. Because of the way the injuries had healed, Dakil said, she was confident that the injuries happened after her adoption.

The Richardson girl was reported missing in October and was found dead in a culvert weeks later.

- Tanya Eiserer (@tanyaeiserer) January 12, 2018The tampering with physical evidence indictment handed down against Wesley Mathews.

The fate of the couple's biological 4-year-old daughter is still being decided with another CPS hearing scheduled for the end of this month.

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