Sherin Mathews was a victim of homicidal violence, medical examiner says

Sherin Mathews (Courtesy Mathews family)

The Dallas County medical examiner has ruled 3-year-old Sherin Mathews' death a homicide.

Mathews' body was found in October after she went missing two weeks prior. Her adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, told officials he left his daughter outside as punishment for not drinking her milk. He later changed his story, saying he removed the child's body from their home after she choked on her milk.

Wesley Mathews (Courtesy Richardson Police)

The Dallas County medical examiner's ruling is likely to help prosecutors to have a criminal case against Wesley and wife, Sini Mathews, though the actual cause of death wasn't determined because of decomposition to the body.

Wesley was arrested on a charge of injury to a child and Sini on a charge of child abandonment or endangerment.

Sini Mathews (courtesy of Richardson police)

Both are expected to appear in court on January 26 for a custody hearing of their 4-year-old biological daughter. That was rescheduled after Wednesday's appearance was pushed back.

After the rescheduling, Wesley Mathews' lawyer, Rafael de la Garza repeatedly told gathered media that he'd have no comment until the January 26 hearing.

Sini Mathews' lawyer, Mitchell Nolte, did open up a little bit, saying "There was nothing in the autopsy that indicates Sini Mathews had anything to do with Sherin's death."

He declined to expand on that comment or say if it implicated Wesley in any way.