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Texas man says daughter's limp body paralyzed him with fear

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Wesley Mathews sits in Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon's courtroom during hearing at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justic...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017, file photo, Wesley Mathews sits in Judge Cheryl Lee Shannon's courtroom during hearing at the Henry Wade Juvenile Justic...

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has testified that he was paralyzed by fear when his daughter went limp after choking on milk, and he decided to dump her body in a culvert near their home.

Thirty-nine-year-old Wesley Mathews of Richardson, Texas, testified Tuesday in the punishment phase of his Dallas trial that he panicked when he couldn't resuscitate 3-year-old Sherin Mathews. Her body was found about two weeks later.

Mathews told investigators Sherin was underweight and he occasionally had to force her to drink milk for nourishment.

A medical examiner testified that it's unlikely a child could choke to death on milk.

The trial resumed Wednesday. Mathews faces life in prison.

He was charged with capital murder but pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser charge of injury to a child by omission.


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:20 GMT+08:00