Sherin Mathews' foster father, accused of killing her, may face death

Updated: Jan 15, 2018, 09:19 IST | Agencies

Prosecutors in Texas will decide in the coming weeks whether to seek the death penalty against the Indian-American adoptive father of 3-year-old toddler Sherin Mathews whose decomposed body was found in a culvert

Wesley Mathews and Sherin Mathews
Wesley Mathews and Sherin Mathews

Prosecutors in Texas will decide in the coming weeks whether to seek the death penalty against the Indian-American adoptive father of 3-year-old toddler Sherin Mathews whose decomposed body was found in a culvert.

A grand jury in Dallas County, Texas, on Friday returned several charges, most notably capital murder, against Sherin's foster father Wesley Mathews. The 37-year-old man from Kerala is accused of killing Sherin in October last year. The indictment says Wesley killed Sherin "by a manner and means unknown to the grand jury," court records show. Authorities were tight-lipped at a press conference on Friday, saying they did not want to prejudice a jury and were continuing to invstigate the case.

Wesley's flip flop
> Initially, Wesley told police that he put Sherin outside their home at 3 am to discipline her for not drinking her milk.
> His story changed after her body was found in a culvert, telling police that he “physically assisted” with pouring the milk down Sherin's throat and then moved her body after he realised she had choked and died

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