A Dallas County grand jury has indicted Wesley Mathews in the capital murder of his 3-year-old daughter. Both of her parents were already in jail, but now the grand jury has made a decision to indict her father, Wesley Mathews for capital murder.
Wesley Mathews, who was arrested in October a year ago after he changed his story about her disappearance, was initially charged with injury to a child will now also face a murder charge after the autopsy of his adopted daughter Sherin revealed she died from "homicidal violence".
Mathews had already been charged with felony injury to a child. "Eventually Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died".
Wesley Mathews at first told police Sherin Mathews vanished after he rebuffed her by sending her out in the night to remain by a tree close to the home. According to court documents, 37-year-old Wesley Mathews told authorities that 3-year-old Sherin Mathews had choked and died when he was forcing her to drink milk.
If Wesley is convicted of capital murder, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.
"We will be tenacious, we will be persistent, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest", Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said at a press conference Friday.
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A statement from Sini Mathews' lawyers said that the indictments indicated that she had nothing to do with Sherin's death.
"I want to thank the Richardson Police Department for their tireless dedication to this case", she said.
During one of the CPS hearings in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse.
Three year old Sherin, who had developmental disabilities, was reported missing by her adoptive parents, Wesley and Sini Mathews, in October. Investigators wrote that he "then admitted to removing the body from the home". Johnson said she would seek a higher amount.
The child's body was found in a culvert beneath a road.
In a second interview about two weeks after Sherin went missing, the father gave a different account.