An autopsy report shows a three-year-old girl whose body was found in a drainage tunnel near her suburban Dallas home in October two weeks after she went missing died from 'homicidal violence.'
Steven Kurtz with the Dallas County medical examiner's office announced his findings on Wednesday saying Sherin Mathews was a victim of homicide.
Kurtz said a cause of death could not be determined due to extensive decomposition, according to WFAA.
The results come almost three months after Sherin's body was discovered in a culvert a half-a-mile from her adoptive parents' Richardson, Texas home.
An autopsy report released on Wednesday reveals that three-year-old Sherin Mathews died from homicidal violence
Sherin's adoptive father Wesley Mathews and her adoptive mother Sini Mathews were arrested. Wesley was charged with felony injury to a child and Sini was charged with child abandonment
Sherin's body was found on October 24 in a drainage tunnel near her parents' Richardson, Texas home two weeks after she was reported missing
The little girl, who was adopted in June 2016 from an orphanage in India, was reported missing around 8am on October 7 by her father Wesley Mathews.
Her body was discovered on October 24 following an extensive two-week search.
Wesley, 37, initially told police that his daughter had vanished around 3am after he made her stand outside by herself in an alley behind their home as punishment because she wouldn't finish drinking her milk.
Wesley claimed he left the child, who had developmental issues, alone for roughly 15 minutes and when he went to check on her she was gone. He suggested that Sherin had been taken by coyotes which were known to frequent the area.
Instead of immediately alerting police to his daughter's disappearance, Wesley allegedly went home and did laundry telling investigators that he hoped Sherin would return on her own.
During the investigation, police revealed that the Mathews' SUV had left the home around the time the child went missing.