On Thursday afternoon, Richardson police arrested the mother of a toddler found dead in a culvert near her family's home last month. Sini Mathews, the mother of Sherin Mathews, is in Richardson City Jail, charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a state jail felony.
Police found Sherin Mathews' body Oct. 22, 15 days after her parents reported her missing. Initially, her father, Wesley Mathews, said that his daughter disappeared after her sent her to stand by a tree behind their house by herself because she would not drink her milk at about 3 a.m. Oct. 7. Wesley Mathews later told police that his daughter, whom he'd adopted from India in June 2016, died while he was helping her drink her fortified milk, which she needed because she was malnourished. Police arrested Wesley Mathews for felony injury to a child Oct. 23.
During an interview with police that day, according to an arrest warrant affidavit, Wesley Mathews told police that he and his wife went out to eat with their biological daughter Oct. 6, leaving Sherin at home in the kitchen because she wouldn't drink her milk.
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Sini Mathews went to a restaurant in North Garland "without being coerced or threatened," according to police. A receipt from the restaurant shows that the Mathewses ordered one kids meal in addition to their food, police said, and a waiter at the restaurant confirmed that only one child ate with the couple. Additionally, Richardson police confirmed that both parents' cellphone records placed them at the restaurant. Wesley Mathews told police that when they returned home 90 minutes later, Sherin was still in the kitchen.
Richardson police said Thursday that the Dallas County Medical Examiner is still working to determine the cause of Sherin's death. Sini Mathews' bond is set at $250,000.