Adoptive parents of dead Sherin Mathews lose custody of biological daughter

Mathews, an Indian American couple in Texas facing charges over the death of their 3-year-old daughter whom they adopted in India have lost parental rights to their 4-year-old biological daughter.

A judge in Dallas Jan. 26 terminated the parental rights of Wesley and Sini Mathews of Richardson, who remain jailed. Both had agreed to permanently relinquish their rights to their older child, who was placed with relatives following the death of Sherin Mathews.

Sherin Mathews  who was adopted from an orphanage in Nalanda, Bihar, 18 months ago went missing early morning Oct. 7 at about 3 a.m. Wesley Mathews waited for about five hours before he called police to report that his daughter was missing.

Following an intensive search, the body of the little girl was found Oct. 23 in a culvert in Richardson, not far from the Mathews home. As he was arrested, Wesley Mathews confessed to police that he watched his daughter choke on her milk, then disposed of her dead body.

An autopsy determined Sherin died from homicidal violence.

Wesley Mathews has been indicted on a capital murder charge in Sherin’s death. Other charges against him include injury to a child.

The brief indictment notes the findings of a Grand Jury, which state: “During the commission of the offense, defendant did use a deadly weapon, the exact nature and description of which is not known to the Grand Jury.”

On Jan. 12, Mathews was charged with capital murder, a first degree felony, by the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. The punishment for first degree murder in Texas ranges from a life sentence to the death penalty. Sini Mathews has been charged with child abandonment.