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Prosecutors dismiss case against mother of toddler found dead

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The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office has dismissed its case against the adoptive mother of a 3-year-old who was found dead in a culvert in October 2017.

The body of a toddler Sherin Mathews was found inside a ditch drain under Spring Valley and Bowser roads, less than a mile from her home in Richardson.

Richardson police arrested Sherin Mathews’ mother, Sini Mathews, in November 2017 on a warrant for endangering or abandoning a child, a felony punishable by up to two years in jail.

Prosecutors asked the court to dismiss the case. An order filed Friday stated that an investigation determined that the state could not prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

Sherin’s father, Wesley Matthews, is in jail facing a capital murder charge. Total bonds for Mathews were set at $2.25 million, according to jail records.

The couple adoped Sherin from India in 2016.

This story includes information from Star-Telegram archives

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Mitch Mitchell is an award-winning reporter covering courts and crime for the Star-Telegram. Additionally, Mitch’s past coverage on municipal government, healthcare and social services beats allow him to bring experience and context to the stories he writes.

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