DALLAS, TX — A judge Tuesday ruled Child Protective Services won’t be required to help reunite Sini and Wesley Mathews with the couple’s 4-year-old biological daughter.
Sini and Wesley have not had their parental rights revoked, but Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon ruled they must not have contact with their daughter, according to the Dallas Morning News. Both parents face criminal charges related to their adopted 3-year-old daughter, Sherin Mathews, who was found dead in a culvert in Richardson in October.
The ruling came at the end of a two-day hearing that heard the testimony of both parents, a doctor, a CPS caseworker and a Richardson detective. The doctor, Suzanne Dakil, testified last week that she contacted Child Protective Services after seeing X-rays that suggested Sherin has been injured on more than one occasion.
CPS officials usually try to reunite children in foster care with their parents, but Shannon’s ruling means they don’t have to do so in this case. The Mathews’ biological daughter has lived with relatives in Houston since Nov. 20, where she will stay for the foreseeable future.
Both parents are being held in Dallas County Jail. Wesley is held on charges of Injury to a Child and a $1 million bail after he told police he removed her deceased body from the home after she choked on milk.
Sini is held on a charge of Abandoning or Endangering a Child. A probable cause affidavit detailing events leading up to Sini’s arrest states that by leaving Sherin alone at the home on the night before she went missing, Sini and Wesley placed their adopted daughter "in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment." Sini’s bail was reduced to $100,000, and she could be released from jail if she posts bond.
A medical examiner has not yet details about Sherin’s cause of death.
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