Father of missing Texas toddler now says she choked on milk

Father of missing Texas toddler now says she choked on milk

FILE- This undated photo provided by the Richardson Texas Police Department shows 3-year-old Sherin Mathews.

In a major announcement by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj after the tragic death of adopted Indian child Sherin Mathews in the USA, said "Passports for adopted children will be issued only with prior clearance by ministry of child development in all cases".

Wesley Matthews is now in the Dallas County jail on suicide watch. He was arrested and charged with felony injury to a child, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison.

Richardson Police are still waiting Tuesday for confirmation that the body of a small child found Sunday morning in a culvert about half a mile from the Mathews' home is Sherin.

The Dallas County medical examiner has not yet determined the girl's cause of death.

Wesley Mathews was initially charged with endangering or abandoning a child after reporting the girl missing on Oct 7.

The CARA source said that the child was undernourished right from the time she was adopted and weighed less for a girl at her age.

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Mathews, in a statement released by her lawyers, claimed she had nothing to do with the death of her adopted special needs daughter, Sherin.

"I have so many questions about what happened to her", Kumari said. Sherlin was adopted by USA couple Wesley and Sini Mathews from the Mother Teresa Anath Sewa Ashram in Nalanda district on June 23 a year ago.

Kumari said the girl, named Saraswati, was cheerful.

"I think everybody is just ready for closure and we just want her to be at peace", said resident Gauthami Vemula.

Meanwhile, a petition has been started by community leader Father Thomas Ambalaveli to not hand over the body of Sherin to her parents, and rather to the community, so that a proper memorial and burial service could be done.

A team of volunteer search and rescue dog handlers who helped search for a slain toddler in Texas say the dog that helped find her caught a scent from a long distance and went to an area not scheduled to be searched.