Body found is missing Texas toddler; father says she choked

List: FBI seizes dozens of items from home, cars in Sherin Mathews case

Cause of death is still pending.

The body of a 3-year-old girl found in a culvert in a Dallas suburb over the weekend has been identified.

Mathews previously was charged with suspected child endangerment after telling police that he punished the child for not drinking her milk by making her stand next to a tree by an alley near their home.

Mathews was initially charged with abandoning or endangering a child when he first reported Sherin missing.

Mathews' daughter, Sherin, went missing in the early hours of October 7, after Wesley left her outside in an alleyway - allegedly frequented by coyotes - because she didn't drink her milk. However, he made the $250,000 bond and, as a condition of his release, Mathews surrendered his passport and agreed to wear an electronic ankle monitoring device. He said he helped Sherin once she finally began to drink her milk, but the three-year-old began to choke, coughing and breathing slowly. "Eventually, Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died". He told officers she began choking.

Sherin's father reportedly did laundry while Sherin was missing, while Sherin's mother, Sini, said she was asleep during the ordeal.

In a statement to police October 23, girl's father said she choked on her milk and died and that he removed her body from the home.




Wesley Mathews has been charged with injury to a child, a felony punishable with a maximum 99 years in prison, Richardson police said.

The investigation into her death is continuing and additional charges are possible, police said.

The affidavit states Wesley Mathews and his attorney visited the Richardson Police Department on Monday afternoon and requested an interview.

Perera says that in India, the media is supportive of how police in Richardson have handled the case. WFAA reported Federal Bureau of Investigation agents removed nearly 50 items from the Mathews' home including trash bags, five cell phones, three laptops, a tablet, a digital camera, tax returns, medical bills, plus a pink blanket and T-shirt. Sherin Mathews had been missing since October 7.

People who live in the neighbourhood stopped their cars or their daily walks Tuesday to see the ditch where Sherin's body was found.

Investigators found that on the morning Sherin went missing, someone had driven the family's SUV away from their home in Richardson and didn't return until an hour later.

Perlich had earlier said police believe Sini was unaware of her husband's alleged punishment of the girl and that she was sleeping at the time.

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