Texas father charged with capital murder in adopted girl's death

Texas father charged with capital murder in adopted girl's death

"We can't go into details, but based on that autopsy report, we were able to determine that we can seek capital murder for this case", she said.

Wesley Mathews, 37, was indicted on capital murder on Friday in the death of his 3-year-old adopted daughter.

They say he later changed his story and said she choked to death on milk and that he got rid of her body in the storm drain not far from their home.

"We have some information in terms of what might have happened, but we are still investigating", District Attorney Faith Johnson said during a Friday news conference, adding that her office had not decided whether it would seek the death penalty.

According to court records, Wesley Mathews, used a "deadly weapon" in the death of Sherin but the "exact nature and description" was not presented to the grand jury. The family said they left her behind because she wouldn't drink her milk, but when they came back an hour-and-a-half later, Sherin was still in the kitchen. "Sini Mathews had nothing to do with the tragic death of Sherin Mathews".

Wesley Mathews sits in Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon's courtroom during hearing at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Building in Dallas on Nov. 29 2017. (David Woo  The Dallas Morning News via AP Pool
Parents of 3-Year-Old Are Indicted in Her Death

Wesley Mathews was also indicted Friday on charges of abandoning a child and tampering with evidence. Mathews is now charged with four felonies, including injury to a child and child abandonment.

Sherin was reported missing by her family on October 7 around 8 a.m. The local police chief said it's been an intense case for his officers. "I am happy we are in a place where we can bring justice for this child". The doctor also said she didn't believe Sini Mathews' assertion that Sherin broke her elbow when her older sister pushed her off the couch.

He later told investigators the girl had developmental disabilities and was malnourished.

Authorities say Mathews initially told investigators that Sherin disappeared before dawn on October 7, 2017, after he made her stand outside as punishment for not drinking her milk.

Mathews, 37, told police that he disposed of the child's body after she choked on her milk early on October 7, according to a probable cause affidavit released at the time. Investigators wrote that he "then admitted to removing the body from the home".

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