A grand jury in Dallas County, Texas, on Friday, indicted Indian American couple Wesley and Sini Mathews in the disappearance and death of their adopted daughter Sherin Mathew last October.
One for the capital murder of a person under 10 and the other for abandoning a child and tampering with evidence.
Wesley had previously been charged with felony injury to a child.
Wesley Mathews and his wife, Sini Mathews, who is charged with child abandonment for allegedly leaving her daughter home alone while the rest of the family went out to a restaurant, reported their daughter missing in October, telling police that she'd disappeared after being forced to stand in the alley behind the Mathews' home in Richardson as punishment for not drinking her milk.
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.
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If Wesley is convicted of capital murder, he could face life in prison or the death penalty.
District Attorney Faith Johnson said evidence in the case was still unfolding Friday, but that there was no indication anyone else was involved in the death.
Well, investigators won't say if she's cooperating, but she could also do time, possibly 20 years.
The murder indictment obtained by Law&Crime shows that the grand jury was sketchy on some of the details. "The 3-year-old began to choke".
Reports also said that doctors alleged that Sherin had injuries suggesting significant abuse was inflicted upon her after she was adopted. Johnson said she would seek a higher amount. Her body was found in a culvert a few weeks later.
"That is absurd right there and then to come back after the body is found and walk into the police department with your lawyer and sit down for a voluntary interview and give a completely different story". Investigators wrote that he "then admitted to removing the body from the home".