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Father of missing toddler now says she choked on milk, 'believed she had died'

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 12:23:07-04

The adoptive father of a missing 3-year-old North Texas girl has changed his story, saying she choked while drinking milk at 3 a.m. and that he took her body outside after he believed she had died.

Wesley Mathews, father of Sherin Mathews, presented his new story after going to the Richardson Police Department with his lawyer on Monday afternoon.

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Richardson Police are still waiting Tuesday for confirmation that the body of a small child found Sunday morning in a culvert about half a mile from the Mathews’ home is Sherin. Investigators have said that they believe it is.

The new version of events is detailed in Mathews’ arrest warrant.

The warrant states that Mathews told detectives that he had been trying to get the 3-year-old to drink her milk in the garage. He said she wouldn't listen to him. Eventually the child began to drink the milk. Mathews then physically assisted the girl in drinking the milk, the arrest warrant states.

"The 3-year-old girl began to choke. She was coughing and her breathing slowed," the arrest report reads. "Eventually, Wesley Mathews no longer felt a pulse on the child and believed she had died."

Mathews then admitted to removing the body from the home.

He was arrested Monday and charged with felony injury to a child.

Click here to read the full arrest document.