Family Crimes

Missing 3-Year-Old's Dad Charged, Police Say His Story Changed After Body Found

He initially told police that he had ordered the girl to stand near a tree near their home at 3 a.m. to discipline her for not drinking her milk.

The father of a  missing a 3-year-old North Texas girl was arrested on Monday, not long after a body was discovered. Wesley Mathews, 37, has been charged with first-degree felony injury to a child after voluntarily giving new information to investigators about his adopted daughter Sherin, the Associated Press reports.

“He provided an alternate statement of events from those which he had given previously, regarding the disappearance of Sherin,” police wrote in a press release.

Mathews’ bond has been set at $1 million. He faces life in prison for the felony charges.

The body, found over the weekend, has not yet been positively identified as Sherin’s. However, Richardson police Sgt. Kevin Perlich said they believe that is the most likely outcome. Police are awaiting a positive ID and a cause of death from the medical examiner's office.

Sherin, was reported missing by her dad on Oct. 7. Mathews initially told  police that he had ordered the child, whom he adopted from India,  to stand near a tree near their home at 3 a.m. to discipline her for not drinking her milk. He claimed she vanished 15 minutes later. According to the AP, Mathews waited five hours to report Sherin missing. In that time, the father said he did laundry.

Mathews and his wife, Sini also have a 4-year-old biological daughter, who was placed in protective custody after Sherin disappeared.

Cadaver dogs found human remains in a drainage tunnel a half-mile away from the family's home on Sunday. Police believe Sini was sleeping when alleged incident happened.

[Image: Richardson Police Department]

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