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Sherin's foster dad facing life term: Texas Police

Mathews had previously claimed that Sherin went missing after he sent her outside their home at around 3 am on October 7 as punishment for not drinking her milk

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

Photo provided by the Richardson Texas Police Department shows 3-year-old Sherin Mathews. Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child. Photo: AP/PTI
Photo provided by the Richardson Texas Police Department shows 3-year-old Sherin Mathews. Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child. Photo: AP/PTI

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 Mathews, 37, was re-arrested after the Indian- American changed his story about his adoptive daughter Sherin Mathew's mysterious disappearance over two weeks ago from their home, in Richardson city in suburban Dallas said.


Mathews had previously claimed that Sherin went missing after he sent her outside their home at around 3 am on October 7 as for not drinking her milk.

Richardson spokesman Sergeant Kevin Perlich said yesterday that the probe is continuing, despite the revised statement by Wesley.

Wesley has been charged with injury to a child, a felony punishable with a maximum 99 years in prison, Richardson said. He was being held on one million dollar bond.

"Criminal charges are determined based on what information and evidence is available at the time. Mr. Mathews' statements today to Richardson detectives currently support the offense of Injury to a Child," the Richardson Department said said in a Facebook post.

"This charge carries the possibility of a life sentence in prison. Keep in mind, this is an active investigation, and there is the possibility of additional arrests or modified charges as more evidence becomes available," the said.

Wesley, who works in an IT company, admitted to that he disposed of the child's body after she choked on her milk, according to a probable cause affidavit released by

The father was previously arrested and charged with felony endangerment to a child and was placed on electronic ankle monitoring. He surrendered his passport as a condition of making bond on October 9. He was later released.

confirmed yesterday that the body of a child found on Sunday in a culvert beneath a road was that of Sherin Mathews.

The cause of death was still pending, the Richardson Department said on its Facebook page, citing the Dallas County Medical Examiners Office.

Wesley's wife Sini Mathews, who is a registered nurse, was reportedly sleeping in her room when the incident occurred.

Perlich had earlier said believe Sini was unaware of her husband's alleged of the girl and that she was sleeping at the time. She cooperated with to identify Sherin's body by providing the dental records of the child, he said.

First Published: Wed, October 25 2017. 21:45 IST
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