The Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas on Monday, released the 4-year-old sister of Sherin Mathews – whose body was recovered from a culvert in the last week of October – to a family member. The biological daughter of Kerala couple Wesley Mathews and Sini Mathews was removed by CPS two days after Sherin was reported missing on October 7.
WFAA reports that the biological daughter has now been placed with a family member living in Houston. The report states that the CPS has always considered the option of sending the child with a family member. Prior to sending the child with the family, a home-study of the relative's house was conducted, says the report.
The child was released days after her mother Sini was arrested for abandoning and endangering Sherin, for leaving the 3-year-old alone at home.
Sini has been lodged at the Dallas jail on a bond of $250,000.
The child had previously been placed under foster care, while Sini had been trying in vain to get back her daughter's custody. Although Sini was not facing any charges with regard to Sherin's disappearance or her death until recently, the police charged her for abandoning and endangering the child on November 16.
While Wesley was first arrested on charges of abandoning and endangering the child, he was bailed out soon after. However, a day after Sherin's body was recovered on October 22, Wesley surrendered to the Richardson police department. He also changed his earlier statement that Sherin went missing at 3 am, after he sent her out as punishment for not drinking her milk.
In his changed statement, Wesley told police that Sherin had choked on her milk and that he removed her body thinking she was dead. Following this, he was charged with causing felony injury to the child with a bond of $1 million.
The next hearing for the custody of the biological daughter has been scheduled for November 29.