Texas man charged with capital murder in death of adopted daughter

Texas man charged with capital murder in death of adopted daughter

If Wesley is convicted of capital murder, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.

Wesley Mathews, 37, was also charged in Dallas County with abandoning a child and tampering with evidence.

Sherin's mother, Sini Mathews, surrendered to police in mid-November and was charged with child endangerment/abandonment.

Well, investigators won't say if she's cooperating, but she could also do time, possibly 20 years. "Without their hard work, we would not be here today". Sadly, Sherin appears to be one of the many abused and neglected children in Texas. The local police chief said it's been an intense case for his officers. "We are going to make sure the fair, the right thing and just thing are done", Johnson said.

"Wesley Mathews...physically assisted the 3-year-old girl in drinking the milk", an arrest affidavit said.

An attorney for Sini Mathews has previously said she played no role in Sherin's death.

The indictment released Friday alleges Mathews caused his daughter's death on October 7 using a deadly weapon that 'is unknown to the grand jury'.

"We never want to taint the jury".

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"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. The tampering with evidence indictment claims Wesley altered, destroyed and concealed a human corpse with intent to impair evidence for a later police investigation.

The day after Sherin's body was found, her adopted father told police the little girl's death was caused by choking on milk, according to an arrest affidavit.

Mathews initially told police that his daughter disappeared after he punished her by sending her out in the night to stand by a tree near their home.

The fate of the couple's biological 4-year-old daughter is still being decided with another CPS hearing scheduled for the end of this month.

The American adoption agency the Mathews used with Sherin last summer has since been suspended by India after the government said it showed "negligent" behavior in the assessment of adoptive parents.

Experts said his conflicting statements could doom him.

In a second interview about two weeks after Sherin went missing, the father gave a different account.

The DA said it's now up to law enforcement to find justice for Sherin.

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