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Sherin Mathews' father indicted on capital murder charge

Press Trust of India  |  Houston 

The father of Sherin Mathews, a 3- year-old Indian girl whose body was found near their suburban home less than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage, was today indicted for capital by a

Sherin, reported missing on October 7, was found dead in a culvert about 1 km from her home on October 22 by a cadaver dog during a for the missing toddler.

"We can't go into details, but based on that autopsy report, we were able to determine that we can seek capital for this case," County Faith Johnson said at a conference announcing the indictment.

County records show 37-year-old also faces charges of abandoning a child and tampering with evidence.

Wesley, the toddler's adoptive father, was also indicted by a County on charges of abandoning a child and tampering with evidence.

had initially told police that Sherin disappeared overnight after he ordered her to stand outside at about 3 am for not drinking her milk. When he returned, said she had disappeared and that her location was unknown.

The Medical Examiner's office ruled last week the toddler died of "homicidal violence."

Prosecutors are not revealing what else they may know about how the little girl was killed.

"The evidence is still unfolding in this case. We don't want anything to jeopardize this case. We think that we have a great case, we plan to pursue this case vigorously, and we don't want anything to hamper it in any kind of way," Johnson said.

In a statement today, and Gregg Gibbs, attorneys for Sini Mathews, said, "The indictments handed down today by a County confirm what we have previously stated. had nothing to do with the tragic "

was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison. He is still in the County jail on a USD 1 million bond.

His wife, 35-year-old Sini Mathews, is also in jail, held on a USD 100,000 bond for child endangerment/abandoning for allegedly leaving Sherin home alone while she, her husband, and their other daughter went to dinner on October 6, the night before reported Sherin missing.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 06:38 IST