The foster father of a 3-year-old adopted Indian girl Sherin Mathews, who he previously reported as missing, has now admitted to being the one responsible for her death. Wesley Mathews initially contacted local authorities claiming that his adoptive daughter Sherin had been missing since 3:00 a.m.
The toddler’s adoptive father previously claimed that he left Sherin unattended in an alleyway as punishment for not drinking her milk. However, local authorities were puzzled over the fact that the missing girl’s foster father didn’t notify the police until after 8:00 a.m.
It seems the reason behind this was because Matthews himself was responsible for disposing the Indian toddler’s body, according to CNN. Mathews and his attorney approached the Richardson Police Department to request for an interview in order to clarify his account on the incident.
Mathews explained that he was trying to get Sherin to drink milk but when she refused to listen, the foster father then “physically assisted the 3-year-old in drinking the milk.”
“The 3-year-old began to choke. She was coughing and her breathing slowed. Eventually Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died,” the report stated.
Authorities have officially identified the body of the child found in a culvert about a mile away from the Mathews’ residence as that of the missing toddler, Sherin. Mathews was charged with injury to a child which can be punishable with up to 99 years of jail time. While the foster father is being held on a $1 million bond, it’s believed that the adoptive mother Sini Matthews wasn’t involved with the crime and was reportedly sleeping during the time of the incident’s occurrence.