Police arrest mother of Indian foster child found dead near home in Texas

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Sini Mathews, arrested and charged by the Richardson Police Department in Texas, with Abandoning or Endangering a Child (TPC 22.041), a State Jail Felony. in the case of the tragic death of 3-year old Sherin Mathews, a special needs child adopted from India. (Photo: Richardson Police Department)

The Richardson Police Department in Texas has arrested and charged Sini Mathews with “Abandoning or Endangering a Child” a charge that amounts to a State Jail Felony. Sini Mathews is the mother of Sherin Mathews whose body was found in a ditch near the parents’ home Oct. 6.

Sini and Wesley Mathews adopted Sherin from India. They also have a biological child.

According to an announcement posted Nov. 16, on Facebook, the Richardson Police Department said investigating detectives have determined Sini Mathews left 3 year old Sherin Mathews alone while she and Wesley Mathews went to dinner with their biological daughter, the night of Friday, October 6th. Sini Mathews’ bond has been set at $250,000.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office is continuing to work on determining the cause of death. Those results will be made available when complete, police said.

The arrest affidavit for Sini Mathews which is available on the police department details the events that transpired. The parents went to a restaurant with their biological child on that fateful evening for dinner, leaving Sherin, a special-needs three-year old, alone at home, which put the little child in “imminent danger of death” according to the police.

Evidence gathered from Mathews’ phone calls, and from receipts showing the food ordered, plus the testimony of a waiter at the restaurant, led the police to believe only one child was with the couple at the restaurant.

Meanwhile, Wesley Mathews, who is charged with felony child endangerment and faces a life sentence, continues to refuse any legal representation while in custody, according to a Facebook update by the police Nov. 8. While Sherin was still missing, Wesley Mathews claimed he had put Sherin outside the house in the dead of night to punish her for refusing to drink milk. He is on a $1 million bail.

Now Sini Mathews is also behind bars.