3-year-old Sherin Mathews' father could face the death penalty

The adoptive father of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews could face the death penalty.The Richardson girl was reported...

Posted: Jan 16, 2018 5:06 AM
Updated: Jan 16, 2018 5:06 AM

The adoptive father of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews could face the death penalty.

The Richardson girl was reported missing in October and was found dead in a culvert weeks later. Both of her parents were already in jail, but now the grand jury has decided to indict her father, Wesley Mathews for capital murder.

"We will be tenacious, we will be persistent, and we will prosecute this case to the fullest." says Dallas County District Attorney, Faith Johnson. "The punishment range for that is either life or death, we have no yet decided if we are going to seek death or not."

There are more charges against him: injury to a child, abandoning a child, and tampering with evidence.

We still don`t know exactly how Sherin Mathews died. The autopsy called it homicidal violence, but wasn't more specific. "We don`t want to talk about any particular facts at this time." says DA Johnson.

Wesley Mathews first told cops he made Sherin stand next to a tree at 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk. Then he changed his story to say the girl choked to death while drinking her milk in the garage.

How about her adoptive mother, Sini Mathews?

Well, investigators won`t say if she`s cooperating, but she could also do time, possibly 20 years. She's accused of abandoning Sherin.

The attorneys for Sini Mathews tell NewsFix, "The indictments handed down today by a Dallas County Grand Jury confirm what we have previously stated. Sini Mathews had nothing to do with the tragic death of Sherin Mathews."

Justice won't come quickly, it'll be up to a judge to set a trial date. "We do want to make sure that justice is done, on behalf of this little three year old," says DA Johnson.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31824528
Washington21099212
Marion18373285
Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
Union128119
Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
Tillamook4142
Lake3746
Harney2736
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3559311

Reported Deaths: 51794
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles118923221241
Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2860772783
Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
Sacramento929611464
Alameda802791241
Ventura77395834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55887946
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
San Luis Obispo19612227
Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
Mendocino379643
Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
Calaveras190547
Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
Del Norte9875
Plumas6536
Modoc4524
Mariposa3957
Trinity3675
Sierra990
Alpine810
Unassigned00
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 41°
Brookings
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 40°
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 28° Lo: 13°
Feels Like: 41°
Medford
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 41°
Klamath Falls
Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 37° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: °
Drying out, winds diminish this weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events