Wesley Mathews

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Wesley Mathews Testifies About The Night His Daughter Died

June 25, 2019 - 5:48 pm

DALLAS (NBCDFW) - After taking an unexpected turn Monday, the high-profile capital murder trial of Wesley Mathews, the North Texas father accused of killing his adopted daughter, continued Tuesday with the defendant taking the stand in his own defense.

Wesley Mathews, on Monday, pleaded guilty to injury to a child by omission in the October 2017 death of his 3-year-old special needs adoptive daughter, Sherin.

Mathews, 39, who was also charged with capital murder in the death of his daughter, has not admitted to killing Sherin, but rather to not seeking help for her as she was dying by either calling 911 or waking up his wife, who is a nurse.

According to Mathews' latest account of what happened that evening, which has changed since the girl was first reported missing, Sherin choked and died when he "physically assisted" her in drinking milk. Afterward, he wrapped her body and placed it in a culvert. It was hours later when he called police to report her missing.

Mathews took the stand in his own defense Tuesday, and admitting to lies and mistakes he made with his daughter's care. Mathews' attorney said on Monday his client has accepted responsibility for what he's done — injury to a child by omission and not calling 911.

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