The mother of Sherin Mathews showed no emotion as she was taken into custody on child endangerment charges.
Sherin's body was found in a culvert near her home in Richardson County on October 22. Wesley Mathews had originally claimed that he sent Sherin outside that night to an alley near their house because she refused to drink her milk, and when he went out to retrieve her at around 3 a.m., she was gone. Later, in the garage, Wesley Mathews said was still trying to get his daughter to drink milk and she wouldn't listen, so he "physically assisted" her. Authorities are alleging she left Sherin at their home unaccompanied for an hour and a half the night before October 7, when she was first reported missing. However, when he went in search of her 15 minutes later, Sherin could not be traced. A receipt showed only one child's meal had been purchased, the affidavit stated.
Richardson police said the case is still very active and additional charges against Sini and Welsey Mathews are possible. The father allegedly told police he no longer felt Sherin's pulse and believed she was dead, so he removed her body from the house.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office is still working to determine what killed Sherin Mathews.
Bond was set at $250,000 on Friday morning. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas. Based on cell phone records, investigators determined that Sini, husband Wesley, and their biological four-year-old daughter went out to dinner and left their adopted child Sherin home alone.
After her body was found, the father's story changed.
Wesley remains jailed on $1 million bail. "The police were professional and courteous and allowed us to bring Mrs. Mathews to the Police Department and surrender herself into custody". "It's not necessarily related to her death, it's related to her care that she was being given while she was in that home". "This was purely based on what we were told by Wesley", said the officer, noting that Mathews has previously changed his statement three times as to what happened on the night Sherin died. When her adoptive parents returned, she was "still in the kitchen". The child was expected to be placed in the care of family in the Houston area following Monday's hearing.