A jury in Dallas sentenced the father of a 3-year-old girl whose body was found in a culvert to life in jail, the Dallas district lawyer introduced on Wednesday.
Sherin Mathews’ body was found in October 2017, two weeks after her adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, 39, reported her missing.
On Monday, Mathews pleaded guilty to a charge of deliberately and knowingly inflicting severe bodily damage to a baby. On Tuesday, he took the stand himself and spoke concerning the circumstances of her death, which had remained a mystery since her disappearance.
“Sherin’s little body was so badly decomposed, because of the actions of this defendant, the medical expert couldn’t decide an official reason for death, which might have dramatically modified how we have been able to prosecute this case,” lead prosecutor Jason Effective instructed jurors.
In 2017, Mathews initially mentioned Sherin disappeared in the middle of the night after he disciplined her outside their residence for not consuming her milk.
“Mathews then led Richardson Police on a wild goose chase realizing the place the kid’s body was the entire time,” the Dallas District Attorney’s Office mentioned in an announcement.
Mathews later advised police that Sherin choked to death whereas consuming her milk. However, finally, two weeks later, her body was found in a bag in a culvert near the family home.