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Sherin Mathews case: Is the whole truth finally out!
The latest development in the Sherin Mathews case is that the adoptive father Wesley Mathews turned himself in and gave a new statement to the Richardson police which claims that the child choked while drinking milk.

It also says that he 'assisted' the child to drink the milk. This new statement proves two things: one, that Wesley Mathews is a liar and two, that he is still lying. 

If the child choked on the milk, why didn't he get help?  His wife, who claims to be sleeping at the time of the incident, was a nurse. She would have known what to do in such emergencies. Neither did he call his wife for help, nor did he rush the child to the nearest hospital. 

Another strange detail is that he says that he took the child to the garage to give her the milk. The garage is not the place for feeding a small kid. Why did he take her to the garage? This is one of the most incriminating parts of his statement. 

Even if we accept that Sherin choked to death before Wesley could get help, why hide the facts? Children do choke to death sometimes when eating or drinking something or when they swallow an object by mistake.

While we can accuse the parent of negligence, it is not murder. Knowing this, why did Wesley try to remove the child's body from the house? Either he is extremely dumb or he was trying to cover up something. The latter seems more likely.

There are two possible scenarios. One is that he tried to force feed Sherin in anger resulting in her choking on the milk. This theory does not exonerate him though because he did not try to save the child and instead let her die. Such situations do happen in real life too. For instance, while researching for an article on Nordic Noir, I came across a novel by Karin Fossum, Don't Look Back, which is based on a similar incident. A male character in the novel chokes his little son to death when he tries to force feed him. The fact that he watched his son die without getting help or even awakening his wife who was sleeping upstairs meant that it was a homicide and not an accident. 

The other, more unpleasant scenario is that the child was abused. This will explain why he took her to the garage where there was no risk of his wife waking up suddenly and catching him in the act. If he can provide a convincing explanation for taking the child to the garage at that ungodly hour for giving her milk, he may get the benefit of the doubt. 

The best hope for those who seek justice for Sherin is that the autopsy will unearth clinching evidence of the true cause of her death. This will ensure that the cops will have a watertight case against Wesley and get him the punishment that he deserves.

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