Autopsy determines girl whose dad said
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DALLAS, TX – A 3-year-old Texas girl whose body was found near her home more than a week after her adopted father told police she went missing, died from “homicidal violence,” according to an autopsy report.
Sherin Mathews’ death was a “homicide,” but the exact cause could not be determined due to the body’s extensive decomposition, Steven Kurtz, a spokesman for the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office, told People.
Sherin was reported missing Oct. 7, but her body wasn’t found until Oct. 22 and identified days later. Her adopted father, Wesley Mathews, admitted to police that he removed Sherin’s body from the home after changing his story multiple times on the events leading up to her death.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the couple left Sherin home alone the night before her disappearance.
The attorney representing Sini Mathews said the report, received Tuesday evening from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, does not implicate her in Sherin’s death.
Attorneys for Sherin’s adoptive parents received a copy of the autopsy report.
Sini and her husband, Wesley Mathews, are expected in court Wednesday morning for a CPS custody hearing for their 4-year-old biological daughter.
Wesley Mathews is charged with injury to a child, while Sini is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
Wednesday would mark the third CPS hearing for the Mathews parents. During a hearing in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse.
Last month, the couple temporarily lost their rights to see their biological child.