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Couple charged in girl's death denied access to living child

Dec. 5, 2017 at 11:53 p.m.

This undated photo provided by the Richardson Texas Police Department shows 3-year-old Sherin Mathews.  (Richardson Texas Police Department via AP)

DALLAS (AP) — A suburban Dallas couple facing charges after the death of their adopted 3-year-old daughter may have no contact with their biological daughter, a judge ruled Tuesday.

State District Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon issued the ruling Tuesday after two days of testimony in the custody case involving Wesley and Sini Mathews of Richardson.

Wesley Mathews is charged with first-degree felony injury to a child in the death of Sherin Mathews, who was adopted from India. His wife is charged with child endangerment or abandonment relating to the death.

Investigators previously said Wesley Mathews had said Sherin died after choking while he was forcing her to drink her milk.

On Tuesday, Richardson police Detective Jules Farmer testified that Wesley Mathews told officers that he was force-feeding Sherin, who was underweight, with milk from a bottle in the predawn hours of Oct. 7 when she choked. Mathews said he held his daughter as she died, then placed her body in the back of his car with a bag of garbage, drove to a shopping center where he disposed of the garbage, then to a culvert where he hid her body. Her body was found there two weeks later.

Also Tuesday, CPS investigator Kelly Mitchell testified that Sini Mathews was "eerily calm" when her biological child was removed from her custody and showed no anger toward her husband when he returned from jail.

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