The adoptive father of the 3-year-old girl who went missing in Texas has altered his story on her disappearance two weeks ago.
Dad Wesley Mathews has been arrested and charged with injury to a child.
It’s a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison.
Richardson Police Department said Mathews voluntarily turned up to the police station with his attorney on Monday and gave them an ‘alternate statement of events from those he had given previously’ regarding his daughter’s disappearance.
Sherin Mathews went missing on October 7 after apparently being ordered to stand outside next to a tree near her home for not drinking her milk.
However he now says he had tried to get Sherin to drink the milk in the garage but she wouldn’t listen to him.
He then ‘physically assisted’ her when she began to eventually drink it.
Police say the girl had limited verbal communication skills.
Sherin began to choke while drinking. Her ‘breathing slowed’ according to the affidavit. Mathews couldn’t feel a pulse and presumed her dead.
He then confessed to having removed her body from the house.
Police said Mathews’ car was missing from his house between 4am and 5am Wesley is being held in Richardson City Jail.
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His bond is $1,000,000.
The child was found at 11am on Sunday in a culvert less than a mile from the Matthews’ home, the last place she was seen and an area where coyotes are known to be present.
Police had not been notified the girl was missing for five hours, according to WFAA.
He told the authorities that he went to do some laundry to wait until dawn or at least until the young girl returned to the house. It has been reported the girl has developmental issues and reduced verbal communications skills.
Police have been searching for the three-year-old for around two weeks, using search dogs and appealing door-to-door to try and glean any information on the child’s whereabouts.
During the search for Sherin, two SUVs and a minivan were confiscated in connection with the investigation. 47 more items were taken from Mathews’ home by the FBI including hair fibres and laptops.
Sherin was adopted by Mathews and his wife along with her sister, who has since been taken by Child Protective Services.