A doctor who studied the X-rays of three-year-old Indian girl Sherin Mathews - who was found dead in a culvert in Texas, United States - testified before court on Thursday that the reports showed signs that the child had been abused.
The State asked several questions about the night Sherin disappeared, as well as questions about alleged broken bones the 3-year-old suffered last spring.
Just after 2 p.m., Wesley Mathews took the stand, also invoking his 5th Amendment rights. Sini Mathews is charged with child abandonment for allegedly going out to eat with her husband and other daughter while Sherin was left home alone October 6. Her body was later found in a culvert near her home. Because of the way the injuries had healed, Dakil said, she was confident that the injuries happened after her adoption.
She she also declined to answer whether she'd told detectives that Wesley Mathews said he'd do anything to protect her and whether she'd told witnesses that a child adopted from India was "basically damaged goods". Her adopted father, Wesley Mathews, had told police that he had made the girl stand in the back lane of their house at 3 a.m.as a punishment for not drinking milk. This ruled out the arguments of Sini that the fracture happened when Sherin slipped on the side and the possibility of injuries related to her time in India.
Sherin's parents lost custody of their biological child after Sherin's disappearance. The skeletal survey conducted in February 2017 showed fractures in Sherin's tibia, and femur and both were in different stages of healing.
Dr. Dakil said she filed a CPS report and called the hotline.
Sini Mathews took the stand first Wednesday afternoon. It will continue at 9 a.m. Tuesday. An affidavit says her adoptive parents told police she was "still in the kitchen" when they got home. Dakil said the pattern of injuries suggested the child was injured on separate occasions.
Ms. Dakil testified that she became involved with the Mathews family in February 2017 when Sherin was hospitalised and was then diagnosed with "failure to thrive", meaning she fell below the normal growth curve.
Sini turned herself into police on November 16.
Sini Ann Mathews, 35, yesterday managed to get her bail bond slashed to Dollars 100,000 from USD 250,000 but would remain under house arrest and wear an ankle monitor. The cause of death has not yet been determined by the medical examiner's office.