Indian Girl Sherin Mathews Showed Signs Of Abuse: Physician
Sherin Mathews was adopted by the Indian-American couple, Wesley and Sini Mathews, from an orphanage in India in 2015.
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Houston: Sherin Mathews, a 3-year-old Indian girl who was found dead in a culvert after being reported missing out on by her foster dad, had a series of brocken bones and injuries in different phases of healing, a physician affirmed before the court.
Sherin, reported missing on October 7, was found dead in a culvert about 1 km from her house in rural Dallas on October 22. Her autopsy report is still awaited.
She was adopted by the Indian-American couple, Wesley and Sini Mathews, from an orphanage in India in 2015. Her adoptive parents lost custody of their biological child after Sherin went missing out on.
He parents appeared prior to a court the other day for a long Child Protective Services (CPS) custody hearing about their biological child, currently dealing with family in the Houston-area.
Wesley was brought through van to the courthouse. He is anticipated to either surrender his parental rights for his 4-year-old child or have them terminated by the state.
Sini, who aims to restore custody of her biological child, 4, looked for right to visit her biological child. Sini took to the witness stand initially, but invoked her fifth amendment right not to incriminate herself sometimes throughout questioning. One exception came when she was asked if she is trained a nurse – to which she responded, “yes”.
He chose to invoke his 5th modification right as well and addressed no questions relating to Sherin’s death or disappearance when Wesley took the stand.
Prosecution pushed Sini about previous CPS involvement, alleging Sherin formerly had a broken femur, elbow and tibia, however she did not validate the accusations.
The prosecution contacted us to the stand a pediatrician and child abuse specialist, Susan Dakil of Referral and Evaluation of At Risk Children Clinic, who testified that the injuries showed up in numerous X-ray scans taken in September 2016 and February 2017. Dakil said the scans suggest the injuries were inflicted after Sherin was embraced from India.
The X-rays from February revealed that fractures in Sherin’s tibia and thigh remained in different stages of recovery, WFAA reported.
The pattern of injuries led Dakil to believe that Sherin was hurt on different events, however Dakil might not say when they occurred. The doctor submitted a report with Child Protective Services after seeing the X-rays, the station reported.
The hearing, which ended for the week, will resume on Tuesday. 2 more witnesses are scheduled to take the stand.
Sini, who is behind bars on child endangerment charges, had her bond lowered from USD 250,000 to USD 100,000 on Monday.
Wesley was jailed and accuseded of felony injury to a child, which brings a sentence of as much as life in prison. He is still in the Dallas County jail on a USD 1 million bond.