റിപ്പോര്ട്ട് പൂര്ണമായി പുറത്തു വിട്ടിട്ടില്ല. എന്നാല് ജയിലിലുള്ള വളര്ത്തമ്മ സിനി മാത്യുസിന്റെ അഭിഭാഷകന് മിച്ച് നോള്ട്ടിനു കോപ്പി ലഭിച്ചു. അതില് സിനിയെ കുറ്റപ്പെടുത്തൂന്ന ഒന്നുമില്ലെന്നു അറ്റോര്ണി അറിയിച്ചു.
റിച്ചര്ഡ്സന് പോലീസ് ഇന്ന് റിപ്പോര്ട്ട് അവരുടെ വെബ്സൈറ്റില് പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കുമെന്നാണു കരുതുന്നത്.
ഷെറിന്റെ വളര്ത്തച്ചന് വെസ്ലി മാത്യുസും സിനിയും അവരുടെ സ്വന്തം കുട്ടിയെ വിട്ടു കിട്ടുവാനായി ഇന്ന് കോടതിയില് ഹാജരാകേണ്ടതായിരുന്നു. എന്നാല് ഇരുവരുടെയും അറ്റൊര്ണിമാരുടെ അഭ്യര്ഥന പ്രകാരം കസ്ഡി ഹിയറിംഗ് ഈ മാസം 26-ലെക്കു മാറ്റി.
ഷെറിന്റെ മരണ ശേഷം ചൈല്ഡ് പ്രൊട്ടക്ടിവ് സര്വീസ് കസ്റ്റഡിയുലെടുത്ത കുട്ടി ഇപ്പോള് ഹൂസ്റ്റണില് വെസ്ലിയുടെ സഹോദരന്റെ വീട്ടിലാണു. വെസ്ലിയും സിനിയും കുട്ടിയെ കാണുന്നതിനും കോടതി വിലക്കേര്പ്പെടുത്തിയിരുന്നു
(പുതിയ വിവരങ്ങള് ലഭിക്കുന്നതനുസരിച്ച് ചേര്ക്കുന്നതാണ്)
DALLAS - An autopsy reveals 3-year-old Sherin Mathews died of "homicidal violence," according to multiple sources who have reviewed the document.
A law enforcement official confirmed to WFAA on Wednesday the manner of death for the Richardson girl.
A cause of death could not be determined due to extensive decomposition, the official said.
Attorneys for Sherin Mathews’ adoptive parents received a copy of the autopsy report for the 3-year-old who went missing Oct. 7 and was later found dead.
The attorney representing Sini Mathews said the report, received Tuesday evening from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, does not implicate her in Sherin’s death.
“There is nothing in the autopsy results that indicate Sini Mathews had anything to do with the death of Sherin Mathews,” Mitch Nolte told WFAA in a statement late Tuesday.
Nolte did not provide more specific comments on the findings because he was not aware if the report had been made public.
Sini and her husband, Wesley Mathews, are expected in court Wednesday morning for a CPS custody hearing for their 4-year-old biological daughter.
The couple can either forfeit their parental rights during that hearing, or the court could decide a date for a civil trial to possibly terminate their rights.
Sherin Mathews went missing Oct. 7. Her body was found Oct. 22 and identified days later. Wesley Mathews admitted to police that he removed Sherin’s body from the home after changing his story multiple times on the events leading up to her death. The couple left Sherin home alone the night before her disappearance, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Wesley Mathews is charged with injury to a child, while Sini is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.
Wednesday would mark the third CPS hearing for the Mathews parents. During a hearing in late November, doctors testified that Sherin showed signs of abuse.
Last month, the couple temporarily lost their rights to see their biological child. (wfaa)
A Child Protective Services hearing for Wesley and Sini Mathews, the adoptive parents of deceased 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, has been delayed until Jan. 26.
The purpose of the hearing, which was supposed to take place Wednesday, is for custody of their biological 4-year-old daughter. CPS removed her from the Mathews' Richardson home on Oct. 7, the day her sister Sherin allegedly went missing.
Attorneys for both clients asked the judge for a delay so they could work on an agreement between both parties.
The request came a few hours after WFAA learned that "homicidal violence" was listed as the manner of death for Sherin Mathews.
Both parents remain in jail. Sini is charged with abandoning or endangering a child and Wesley is charged with injury to a child. Sherin's body was found in a culvert about a month after she disappeared.
The couple's biological child was in foster care for four weeks before the state determined she could live with family in the Houston area.
During the Mathews' last hearing on Dec. 5, the ruling by Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon opened the door for CPS to permanently take parental rights away from both parents.
The court found aggravated circumstances and denied the Mathews parents of seeing their biological child until a formal civil trial. This also meant that CPS did not have to provide any family reunification service, which is the process of returning the children in temporary out-of-home care to their families of origin.
Two outcomes are possible for the next CPS hearing:
1. Sini and Wesley could both voluntarily relinquish their parental rights.
2. The court could terminate their rights involuntarily during a formal civil trial.
Both outcomes have severe and long-lasting consequences. Following termination, the parent and child no longer share a legal relationship and this decision is irreversible once completed. Basically, the child is legally free to be adopted by someone else.
If the Texas Department of Family Protective Service pursues termination, it typically does so to both parents.
Only in rare cases, and after meeting with the attorney representing DFPS, may it decide to terminate one parent's rights and not the other -- due to the one parent being a danger to the health, safety and wellbeing of the child.
If the Mathews voluntarily terminate their rights, the court must hold a hearing and order termination of parental rights to the child based on the affidavit of voluntary relinquishment and a finding that the termination is in the child’s best interest.
If they do not voluntarily terminate their parental rights, DFPS may request the termination of parental rights. The caseworker will consider whether the parent presents a threat to the child’s safety and stability, whether adoption is in the child’s best interest, whether there are grounds for termination, and whether the case was mediated and an agreement could not be met.
The following are grounds for termination of parental rights according to DFPS’ handbook:
Endangerment: The most common grounds for termination of parental rights are exposing a child to conduct or an environment that endangers the physical or emotional wellbeing of the child.
Abandonment: Several factors can affect which, if any, grounds for abandonment may apply. Where the child was left, how long the parent is gone, what the parent said or didn’t say when leaving the child, etc.
Failure to support a child.
Criminal activity or imprisonment: Certain specific conduct that causes death or serious injury to a child and results in a criminal conviction or community supervision, including deferred adjudication, are grounds for termination.
CPS tells WFAA that if the judge sets a formal trial date because neither Sini or Wesley voluntarily relinquish their parental rights, it will likely be for the beginning of 2018. (wfaa)