Foster father hid Sherin's body with trash, disposed corpse in tunnel

Houston, Dec 12 (PTI): Police in Dallas have shared new details about the mysterious death of Indian toddler Sherin Mathews, alleging that her Indian-American foster father bundled her "stiff and cold" body in the back of his car with a bag of trash and hid her corpse in a culvert.

Three-year-old Sherin was found dead in the culvert about 1 km from her home in suburban Dallas on October 22 by a cadaver dog during a massive search for the missing toddler.

Wesley Mathews, the adoptive father initially told police that Sherin disappeared overnight after he ordered her to stand outside their home at about 3 am on October 7 for not drinking her milk. When he returned to the spot, Wesley said she had disappeared.

After Sherin's body was discovered after a search that lasted over two weeks, he changed his story and told police that she died after choking while he was forcing her to drink her milk.

Authorities in Dallas are still waiting on scientific testing to come back, including the autopsy.

New details surrounding Sherin's death emerged on Tuesday during the custody hearing of Wesley and Sini Mathews' 3- year-old biological daughter, who was taken away by US Child Protection Services after Sherin's disappearance.

Richardson police detective Jules Farmer testified that Wesley, 37, told them that Sherin died choking on milk that he forced her to drink.

Farmer said that Wesley was forcing her to drink milk from a bottle while she was in the garage and he said that she was standing up when she choked.

The detective said he questioned Wesley how she could choke while standing up. Wesley then told the detective that Sherin stopped breathing, but he never called emergency number 911 or summoned his wife Sini, who is a nurse, for help.

He admitted to moving her body from the home.

He reportedly turned off the location tracking on his phone when he is believed to have taken Sherin's body to the culvert.

Farmer also said Sherin's body was "stiff and cold" when Wesley decided to dispose of the body.

"He put Sherin in the back of the car with a sack of trash and went to a shopping center nearby," Farmer said.

"Went to a shopping center where he disposed of the trash, and then drove around a little more until he put Sherin in the culvert where we found her body," he said.

The detective testified that Sini told police she later woke to find Wesley at the breakfast table.

"She said he had a weird look on his face," Farmer said. "She asked him where Sherin was."

The extent of what Sini knew was unclear, but the detective testified that she sat at the table with her husband while crying and praying for hours.

Wesley has been charged with felony injury to a child and her mother, Sini, 35, was arrested later and charged with child endangerment.

Both Sini and Wesley attended yesterday's hearing, but they remain in detention at the Dallas County Jail.

Wesley's bond is set at USD 1 million and faces up to life imprisonment if convicted of the first-degree felony. Sini's bond is set at USD 100,000 and faces up to two years in a state jail if convicted of child abandonment or endangerment.

Yesterday, a judge denied access to both Wesley and Sini to their biological daughter, now living with relatives in Houston, saying they were not fit to be parents due to what happened to their adopted daughter, Sherin.


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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    I was doubting this .Forst fathers saying was not to believe as he made the girl stand midnight out side because of not drinking milk!why should such people adapt a child when they are not in aposition to understand a child and take care.Now I pity their own child.Other side how could a mother sleep at night ,and wakeup next morning to ask the man where is our child?stupid reasons .When one ives a child to adaption,or take it,should realize it will not be easy with a child from a different parents,which takes time to adapt to a different family.whenthey forget this problems are pre pragrammiert.May this childs soul rest in Heaven with angels.

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  • Rob Stan, Udupi / US

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Working as a nurse in the US is not a easy job, after studying & initially working in India & the gulf. They earn more than most of the IT employees, but they have lot of work pressure and long odd work hours. They make the mistake of buying house as soon as they settle down here because they earn well and interest rate is low and it's easy to get loan here. But the reality is different. It might be possible to manage every thing with one kids, but two or more kids it becomes much more difficult and especially in this case where one of the child is adopted. So I advise the nurses working here not to put too much pressure on themselves by buying a house immediately after settling down here and stay on rent until they are in a position to manage everything efficiently.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    FEKUGIRI has reached USA ...

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