Sushma Swaraj seeks investigation in Sherin Mathews adoption

Saul Bowman
October 28, 2017

After almost two weeks of searching by police using drones, her body was found on Sunday in a ditch near their house in the city near Dallas.

Sherin Mathews - who was adopted by the Mathews 16 months ago from an orphanage in Nalanda, Bihar, and suffered from cognitive and communication issues - went missing early morning on October 7.

Sherin Mathews, the three-year-old Indian girl whose adoptive father claimed she choked while drinking milk, was "adjusting well" at her new home in the United States but feeding her was becoming a "challenge", according to reports submitted to the nodal adoption agency in India.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday asked Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi to probe the adoption process of Sherin Mathews, an Indian-American girl who was allegedly killed by her foster father in the United States. He was arrested Monday and charged with felony injury to a child. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department said he has been placed on suicide watch.

The couple, Wesley Mathews and Sini Mathews, visited the Mother Teresa Anaath Seva Ashram in Nalanda with their elder daughter and the video shows Sherin, who was then named as Saraswati, is crying just like any other child in the hands of strangers. In his arrest warrant - obtained by India-West - Mathews said Sherin choked on her milk, as he "physically assisted" her to drink it in the garage of their home.

Sherin Mathews was found in a drain in suburban Dallas this week. This week, however, he said that she choked and he did nothing as she died.

Speaking to the media, Nolte said they do not plan to provide any comment or interviews to the police at this time. He also admitted to moving her body. He and his wife Sini, a nurse, had adopted Sherin from an orphanage in Bihar.

"The child had no problem at all when she was here, neither in drinking milk or eating", Babitha Kumari, who owned the orphanage, told WFAA television station.

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