Wesley Mathews charged with murder of daughter Sherin faces death penalty

Last Updated: Jan 13 2018 17:30

On Friday, a Dallas County grand jury indicted Wesley Mathews, the Indian American father of Sherin Mathews, for capital murder in the death of the three-year-old girl which carries a death penalty on conviction.

“We can’t go into details, but based on that autopsy report, we were able to determine that we can seek capital murder for this case,” Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said at a news conference announcing the indictment.

“We do want to make certain that justice is done on the behalf of this little 3-year-old. We are going to be the voice for her,” Johnson said.

“The evidence is still unfolding in this case. We don’t want anything to jeopardise this case. We think that we have a great case, we plan to pursue this case vigorously, and we don’t want anything to hamper it in any kind of way,” Johnson said.

“Wesley and Sini will face trial. The prosecutors have and will pursue this case zealously so that justice is done. India has not forgotten this little child. May she rest in peace,” Ray said. “We were not going to forget Sherin.”

He changed the story subsequently and told investigators the child died in his arms after he tried to force-feed her — “physically assisted (her) … in drinking the milk.”

“The 3-year-old girl began to choke,” the police had said in their report. “She was coughing and her breathing slowed. Eventually, Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died.”