Texas father charged with murder after 'force feeding milk to Indian orphan'


The adoptive father of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews could face the death penalty.

A grand jury in Dallas County, Texas, on Friday returned several charges, most notably capital murder, against Wesley Mathews.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office said last week that while Sherin's manner of death was homicidal violence, her exact cause of death could not be determined because of extensive decomposition.

Wesley Mathews is also facing charges of abandoning a child and evidence tampering.

His wife, 35-year-old Sini Mathews, is being held on a charge of abandoning a child. When her body was found weeks later in a Richardson drainage ditch, police said Wesley changed his story and claimed she died while choking on milk.

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.

An autopsy released earlier this month revealed that 3-year-old Sherin Mathews died of "homicidal violence" after she disappeared from her adopted family's Richardson home on October 7, 2017.

A Dallas County grand jury indicted the father and mother of a dead Richardson girl on Friday.

Despite the limited details about what actually happened to Sherin, Johnson said she's confident her team will be able get justice.

"I want to thank the Richardson Police Department for their tireless dedication to this case", she said. "I am happy we are in a place where we can bring justice for this child". "We are going to make sure the fair, the right thing and just thing are done", Johnson said.

This is the capital murder indictment of Wesley Mathews. She then began drinking the milk.

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.

Sherin Mathews was reported missing on October 7.

Recently, the adoption agency the Mathews used for Sherin has been suspended by the Indian government after it said the agency showed negligence in assessing potential adoptive parents.