Wesley Mathews told police he put his 3-year-old adopted daughter, Sherin Mathews, alone in an alley at 3 a.m. — where coyotes were known to roam — as a punishment for not drinking her milk.
And when he allegedly came back for her 15 minutes later, she was gone.
That was two weeks ago, and the Texas girl hadn’t been seen since, her disappearance a mystery.
When initially questioned, Mathews, who waited five hours before reporting her missing, told police he waited for the sun to come up before he searched for her. He said he was hoping she would show up on her own, and opted to do laundry instead of trying to find his child.
But now it seems his story has changed.
As WFAA reports, the day after a child’s body was found less than a mile away from Sherin’s home, Mathews voluntarily walked into the Richardson police station with his attorney by his side and requested to speak to investigators.
Richardson Police Department spokesman Kevin Perlich explained:
“When they came in, they provided us with some information that was contrary to what we had previously been told regarding her [Sherin Mathews] disappearance. It was not what he told us originally.”
This time the father told police he thought Sherin choked on milk as he “physically assisted” her when she wasn’t listening to him. The warrant states, according to WFAA:
She was coughing and her breathing slowed. Eventually, Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died.
He then admitted that he took his daughter’s body from their home, it read.
The 37-year-old father was originally charged with abandoning or endangering a child on Oct. 9. and was released wearing an electronic monitoring device after posting $250,000 bail, as Dearly previously reported.
He is now facing a charge of first-degree felony injury to a child, which is punishable with a sentence of up to life in prison. His bond is set at $1 million.
The toddler’s mother, Sini Mathews, told police she was sleeping when her daughter vanished. Following Sherin’s disappearance, Sini and Mathew’s 4-year-old biological daughter was taken from their home and placed in state care. A Child Protective Services hearing was supposed to determine where she was to be placed.
According to ABC News, a judge postponed that hearing until Nov. 13. She will be kept in foster care until that the hearing takes place.
Police have still not confirmed the cause of death of the body, nor have they confirmed that the body is, in fact, Sherin’s.
Watch the parents enter the courtroom below.