Texas father charged with murder in death of 3-year-old girl

DALLAS – 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.

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.

Wesley Mathews

Police say Mathews told investigators that Sherin Mathews choked on her milk.

“Wesley Mathews then physically assisted the 3-year-old in drinking the milk,” an affidavit states. “The 3-year-old began to choke. She was coughing and her breathing slowed. Eventually Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died.”

The adoptive father admitted to police that he disposed of the child’s body after she choked on her milk, according to a probable cause affidavit released.

Authorities later found Sherin’s body in a culvert beneath a road.

Sherin Mathews, photo released by the Richardson Police Department

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.

Sini Mathews

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