Wesley Mathews indicted for capital murder

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The father of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found near the family's suburban Dallas home less than a year after she was adopted from an Indian orphanage was indicted Friday on a capital murder charge.

This charge comes a little more than a week after an autopsy determined that Sherin Mathews had died from homicidal violence. His wife, Sini Mathews, has been charged with child abandonment.

Mathews, 37, told police that he disposed of the child's body after she choked on her milk early on October 7, according to a probable cause affidavit released at the time.

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.

If convicted on the capital murder charge, Wesley Mathews faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

"We want to be able to try this case in Dallas County", said Johnson. The punishment for that ranges from two to 20 years in prison with a fine up to $10,000.

A phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Mathews' attorney wasn't returned Friday.

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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.

"I want to thank the Richardson Police Department for their tireless dedication to this case", she said.

District Attorney Faith Johnson stood with the Richardson police chief and others who for months have worked on this case.

"We have some information as to what might have happened", Johnson said. The tampering with evidence indictment claims Wesley altered, destroyed and concealed a human corpse with intent to impair evidence for a later police investigation.

During one of the CPS hearings in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse. At first, he allegedly claimed that he lost track of her after kicking her out of the home at 3 a.m.in the morning for not drinking her milk.

In a second interview about two weeks after Sherin went missing, the father gave a different account.

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