Richardson police find child's body during search for Sherin Mathews

Sini Mathews

Sini Mathews

Sherin Mathews, the three-year-old Indian girl missing for over two weeks, is dead, United States police said on Tuesday hours after her foster father admitted that she choked while drinking milk.

Police on Monday charged Mathews with first-degree felony injury to a child, punishable by up to life in prison, and he was being held on $1 million bond. Mathews was initially arrested for abandoning or endangering a child, but he had posted bond.

Since the discovery of a child's body by police on Sunday, which they believe to be that of Sherin, her father has been re-arrested and charged with a further felony offense. In his revised statement Monday, he said the girl choked on the milk and that he removed her body from the home after he believed she had died.

In his original story, Wesley Mathews told police he went to look for the girl but returned home and did some laundry waiting for her to return.

"Mathews provided an alternate statement of events from those which he had given previously" regarding the disappearance of his adopted 3-year-old daughter, Sherin Mathews, police said.

A spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, Marissa Gonzales said, the hearing has been postponed to November 13 by, the judge gives time to Mr. Wesley Mathews to hire a civil lawyer in his defense.

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The couple also has a 4-year-old biological daughter who was placed in foster care soon after Sherin reported missing. Wesley Mathews then physically assisted the 3-year-old in drinking the milk. "She was coughing and her breathing slowed", the affidavit said. Starr told The Dallas Morning News that his client is seeking to regain custody of her other daughter and that she has cooperated with the police in trying to help identify Sherin's body. Police waited for the confirmation that body they found is of Sherin Mathews on Monday.

Perlich said Mathews previously told police that the girl had developmental disabilities and was malnourished when they adopted her from India.

It is possible that he could bond out again, media reports say. SEE ALSO: Missing North Texas toddler left near coyote-infested alley as punishment, police allegeSherin, who was adopted from India a year ago, was reported missing by her father on October 7.

An Amber Alert was issued for Sherin after she went missing but it was discontinued the following Monday.

On October 23, Richardson Police had discovered the remains of a child in a tunnel beneath a road about half a mile from the house of her adoptive parents, expressing apprehension that it was "most likely" of Sherin.

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