The adoptive mother of Sherin Mathews, a 3-year-old whose body was found in Texas last month, has been charged in connection with the case, police said.
Sherin's adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, is already charged with injury to a child and child endangerment after he told police he watched Sherin choke on milk and die in the early morning hours of Oct. 7 inside of their garage.
He then said he removed her body from their Richardson home, police said.
Sherin’s body was found in Oct. 22 in a culvert. Wesley Mathews initially told police that Sherin disappeared after he put her in an alleyway near their house at 3 a.m. for not drinking her milk.
He told police he’d returned to check on her 15 minutes and she was gone.
After further investigation, Sherin’s adoptive mother, Sini Mathews, 35, is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
Authorities said that Sini Mathews left Sherin alone at home for and hour and a half the night before the toddler went missing.
The couple reportedly took their 4-year-old biological daughter out to dinner during that time, police said.
Police said they recovered a receipt from the restaurant and spoke to a waiter who confirmed the couple only had one child with them during dinner.
Sini Mathews is being held on $250,000 bond.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner is still working to determine the cause of Sherin Mathews’ death, reports said.