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Police arrest, charge Sherin Mathews' adoptive mother for endangerment

Sini Mathews ( Photo courtesy Richardson Police Department)

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Police arrested and charged a woman Thursday afternoon for abandoning or endangering a child.

Investigators said Sini Mathews left 3-year-old Sherin Mathews alone Oct. 6 while she went to dinner with her husband, Wesley, and biological daughter according to an arrest affidavit. Wesley told authorities they left Sherin home alone for almost two hours, but she was in the kitchen when they returned.

Sherin was found dead in a drain Oct. 22 after authorities spent two weeks searching for her.

Sini's bond is $250,000.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Officer has not determined a cause of death for Sherin.

According to arrest papers, Wesley Mathews told investigators that the little girl died when she choked on milk. Initially, Mathews claimed the girl disappeared after he made her stand next to a tree in an alleyway behind the family's home as punishment for not drinking her milk. He said he administered the punishment at 3 a.m. and she was gone within 15 minutes, but he did not call police until after 8 a.m.

Mathews now claims he was attempting to get Sherin to drink her milk in the garage of the family's home. She refused at first, but then started drinking the milk. Mathews told officers he "physically assisted the 3 year old girl in drinking the milk. The 3 year old girl began to choke. She was coughing and her breathing slowed. Eventually, Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died."

Arrest papers state Mathews admitted to removing Sherin's body from the home. The body was found on near the home.

Mathews is charged with injury to a child.

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