Sherin Mathews: Dallas ME confirms identity of Sherin's body, father changes story

Michele Moreno
October 26, 2017

Police in Texas have not ruled out the possibility of more arrests in the mysterious death of a 3-year-old Indian girl even as her foster father is facing a charge that carries the possibility of a life sentence.

Wesley was then re-arrested and charged with first-degree felony injury to a child.

Mathews, who adopted Sherin from India in June 2016 with his wife, Sini Mathews, was arrested Monday after he voluntarily revised his police statement on what happened to the girl. He was arrested on October 23, 2017 after offering a new account of how his daughter went missing two weeks earlier. This statement given by him after the recovery of Sherin's body on Sunday is in sharp contrast to the initial statement made by him before the police wherein he said that he directed his daughter to stand near a tree at 3 am on October 7 because she wouldn't drink her milk. Authorities said he waited five hours to report her missing.

"A lot of people have been saying that it's actually very impressive the way Texas police have been following up this case, and have not believed the father's story from the outset, and they went ahead and searched for the child", she says.

His wife, Sini Mathews, has not been charged with a crime but investigators are asking her to please come forward and cooperate with their ongoing investigation.

The affidavit states Wesley Mathews and his attorney visited the Richardson Police Department on Monday afternoon and requested an interview. He's being held on $1 million bond.

Mathews told police he had been trying to get the girl to drink her milk in the garage and then "physically assisted" her in drinking it when she began choking. "Eventually, Wesley no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died". Mathews said he decided at that point to do laundry while he waited for daylight to look for the girl or for her to return. He admitted to removing her body from the home.

Mathews told police that Sherin began to choke, she was coughing and that "her breathing slowed".

Richardson police did not respond to an email and a telephone call on Tuesday for comment beyond the affidavit. She has reportedly not cooperated with the police since the weekend of October 7.

He didn't answer when reporters asked about his adopted daughter, Sherin, and why his story about her disappearance changed.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner has ordered toxicology tests of Sherin's remains, which could delay any ruling on her cause of death for months.

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