RICHARDSON, Texas (KETK) - The father of a Texas toddler who was found dead has been indicted for capital murder.
On Friday, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office revealed Wesley Matthews, the adopted father of Sherin Matthews, 3, had been indicted for capital murder of a person under the age of 10 and tampering/fabricating evidence with the intent to impair a human corpse.
Under Texas law, if a person is convicted of capital murder of a person under the age of 10, they are eligible for the death penalty.
On Sunday, October 22, the body of the child was discovered in the area of East Spring Valley Road and South Bowser Road in Richardson. A positive identification was obtained through dental records.
An arrest affidavit obtained by NBC 5 reveals more details into the disappearance of a Sherin
Wesley was originally arrested on a felony charge of injury to a child following a lengthy conversation with police.
"Mathews provided an alternate statement of events from those which he had given previously" regarding the disappearance of his adopted 3-year-old daughter, Sherin Mathews," police said.
According to NBC 5, Wesley told police the girl died after choking on milk.
"Mathews told detectives he had been trying to get Sherin Mathews to drink milk in the garage," according to the affidavit obtained by NBC 5. "After refusing, Mathews told police the girl began to drink the milk. Mathews then 'physically assisted' the girl, who began to choke, cough and breathe slowly."
NBC 5 reports Wesley told officers he did not feel a pulse and thought she had died.
Wesley then said he "removed the girl's body from the home." Further details were not available.
The girl was reported missing on Saturday, October 7, after the father told police she disappeared after being told to stand outside as punishment for not drinking her milk. He originally said the child was gone when he went to check on her 15 minutes later.
Wesley was booked into the Richardson City Jail on $1,000,000 bond.