Wesley Mathews, the father of Sherin Mathews, has been sentenced to life in jail after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
He was accused of killing Sherin Mathews, his adopted 3-year-old daughter.
In October 2017, Sherin Mathews was reported to be missing from her house in Texas, which led to a huge search and rescue operation throughout the city.
Wesley Mathews said that Sherin just disappeared after he sent her outside for not drinking her milk, he said he did this as a punishment.
The dead body of Sherin Mathews was found in a drain entrance two weeks later.
Throughout the investigation, the police said that the story versions of Wesley Mathews were repeatedly changing.
On Tuesday, Wesley Mathews took the witness stand and he said that Sherin, the three-year-old girl, choked on the milk and passed away.
He said, “I tried to gently shake Sherin so she would be out of that spell but nothing was working and in a matter — pretty soon her head started going different directions and her head came to a still.”
Sherre Thomas, the prosecutor of the case, said that it is impossible for a three-year-old child to stand up and choke to death.
Sherin Mathews was adopted from India in 2016 through Holt International, an adoption agency.
The defense attorney said that Mathews panicked when his daughter choked.
The attorney said that the sentence that was handed to his client is “cruel and unusual punishment”.
Sini Mathews, the wife of Wesley Mathews, was also charged with child abandonment, but her case was dismissed due to lack of evidence.
The biological daughter of Sini Mathews and Wesley Mathews was removed from their custody after Sherin went missing. The biological daughter was brought into a foster home when the case was filed.
But, the daughter is currently staying with their relatives.
The death case of Sherin Mathews has prompted the government of India to suspend the adoption agency that was used by the couple to adopt the three-year-old girl.
The Indian government has also accused Holt International of “negligence” as the company failed to assess the couple properly.