Toddler Found Dead In Storm Drain Parents Arrested

On Oct 7, 2017, two officers were dispatch to investigate a missing child report. Sherin Mathews, a 3 year old child had last been seen wearing black leggings, a pink long sleeve shirt and pink flip flops. The father had put her outside at 3am to discipline her for not eating. During the interview the sad excuse for a human said he had made his daughter stand beside a large tree about 100 feet away from the outside of the fence in their back yard for not drinking her milk. The officers then asked Wesley Mathews to take them to the last place he had seen his daughter. Mathews also said during the interview he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he had left his daughter. Two weeks later the body of a small child was found in a culvert and notification was given to the parents. During a subsequent interview Mathews admitted he had forcibly tried to make the child drink the milk in their garage. The child started chocking and coughing. Mathews said her breathing slowed and eventually he could not feel a pulse. The child had died. He then removed the body from the garage. Wesley Mathews was charged with injury to a child, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison, and is being held on a $1 million bond. Their 4-year-old has been taken into custody by Child Protective Services and placed in foster care after Sherin was reported missing. At the time, Sherin’s mother was reportedly asleep during the incident and had not been charged. Further investigation revealed the parent had left the toddler alone, while they took their other child to dinner the day before she went missing. The mother has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child. People convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment charge typically face up to one year in jail. Felony convictions are much more serious, and anyone convicted of felony child endangerment faces 1 to 10 years in prison or more. Sherin was not their biological child and had been adopted. Police recovered a receipt from the restaurant and spoke to a waiter who confirmed the couple only had one child with them during dinner and cell phone records also place Sini and Wesley Mathews at the restaurant. The investigation is ongoing. The Dallas County Medical Examiner is still working to determine the cause of Sherin Mathews’ death. Attorneys for the “parents” have not released any statements at the time of this report.


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