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‘Foster father removed Sherin’s body along with a bag of trash’

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Houston : 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 yesterday 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.