The mother of Sherin Mathews said she had no part in the death of the 3-year-old girl earlier this month.
Lawyers for Sini Mathews said on Thursday the woman is cooperating with police in the investigation. Police have said otherwise, Fox4 Dallas reported.
Mathews, via her lawyers Mitchell Nolte and Gregg Gibbs, sent out a statement saying she was not involved in the death of the toddler, who had special needs and was adopted from India. She also said she didn’t help remove the girl’s body from the home.
They contend Sini was “interrogated for hours by several officers with no attorney present” a few days later, NBC DFW reported.
It adds: “Now that Mr. Mathews has turned himself into the police and told them what happened to Sherin, we see no need for Mrs. Mathews to endure further police interrogation. She had nothing to do with Sherin’s death or the removal of her body from the home.”
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The mother is now “trying to grieve for her lost daughter while still caring for her remaining daughter. She is struggling to pick up the pieces of a shattered life,” the attorneys said.
The couple’s 4-year-old biological daughter remains in foster care, a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services representative confirmed to NBC this week.
Police previously said Sini at first cooperated in the investigation on Oct. 7, but then stopped. They said she identified items and provided them with records, but she never gave them a full account of what had happened that night.
She hasn’t been charged with a crime.
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Court records state that Wesley told officials that his wife was asleep when the girl went missing.
Her husband, Wesley Mathews, was arrested on felony charges and was sent to a Dallas County jail on suicide watch earlier this week. He was charged with felony injury to a child.
Initially, in early October, Mathews told police that he told Sherin to go outside at 3 a.m. as a form of punishment because she wouldn’t finish her milk. But he didn’t report her missing until hours later.
When her body was discovered this week, he changed his story, Richardson County police said. In local reports, officials said that Mathews said the girl choked while drinking milk and he removed her body. He did nothing while the girl choked.