Mother Of Sherin Mathews In Same Building As Wesley

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Sini Ann Mathews was arrested on a charge of child endangerment.

Sini Mathews Arrested On
Child Endangerment Charge

Dallas, TX  –  The mother of a North Texas toddler whose body was recovered last month from a drainage culvert weeks after she was reported missing was arrested Thursday on a charge of child endangerment.

Police said she and her husband left their 3-year-old adopted child, Sherin Mathews, home alone while they went to dinner just hours before they claimed she had disappeared.

Sini Ann Mathews, who has maintained her innocence in the death of Sherin, surrendered to Richardson police Thursday and is being held on $250,000 bond on the state jail felony charge.

She was arraigned Friday morning and did not respond to reporters questions when she was transferred to the Dallas County Jail Friday afternoon.

In a statement Thursday, Richardson police said detectives learned Sini Mathews, 35, and Wesley Mathews took their 3-year-old biological daughter to dinner and left Sherin alone at home, placing her in “imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.”

“The time that they left, she was not under the care of any other adult or of any other person, she was left home alone by herself and it’s for that reason that you see this particular charge,” said Kevin Perlich, with the Richardson Police Department.  “It’s not necessarily related to her death, it’s related to her care that she was being given while she was in that home.”

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, detectives used cell phone records to show Wesley and Sini went to a North Garland restaurant on the evening of Oct. 6.  The theory is supported by a receipt obtained by police that showed the couple purchased only one child’s meal in addition to their individual meals as well as the testimony of a waiter who said only one child was present at the table.

During an interview with detectives, Wesley Mathews, 37, admitted to leaving Sherin home alone after growing frustrated she wouldn’t drink her milk and said they returned home about 90 minutes later and found her where they left her, in the kitchen.

Both Sini and Wesley told police the child was alive when they returned home from dinner, though police have not confirmed that information.

Hours later, on the morning of Oct. 7, Wesley Mathews called police and reported Sherin missing.  In a story he would later change, Wesley originally told police Sherin disappeared overnight after he ordered her to stand outside at about 3 a.m. for not drinking her milk.  When he returned, Wesley said she had disappeared and that her location was unknown.

Weeks later, Wesley Mathews changed his story and said he “physically assisted” her in drinking her milk and that she choked and died at the home.  He said he then moved the girl’s body and later called police to report her missing.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to determine what killed Sherin Mathews.

Sini Mathews said she was sleeping when Sherin disappeared and was unaware of what took place overnight between the child and her father.

Meanwhile, Wesley Mathews remains jailed on a charge of felony injury to a child and is being held on a $1 million bond.

Sini Mathews’ attorney has maintained throughout the investigation she had nothing to do with her daughter’s death and that she was distraught during her daughter’s disappearance.

NBC 5 confirmed Friday that at some point in the last month Sini Mathews was terminated from her job at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas where she worked as a case manager.

On Thursday, her attorney Mitchell Nolte thanked Richardson police for allowing his client to surrender.

“We learned this morning that the Richardson Police Department had obtained an arrest warrant for Sini Mathews for the offense of Abandoning/Endangering a Child.  The police were professional and courteous and allowed us to bring Mrs. Mathews to the Police Department and surrender herself into custody,” Nolte said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Wesley Mathews’ attorney, David Kleckner, said his client loves his children and wife and that he’s a good family man who wants custody of their surviving daughter to be returned to her mother.

Sini Mathews was in court as recently as Monday asking for custody of the couple’s child to be returned to her, but that hearing was rescheduled 1 p.m. Nov. 29.

The couple’s surviving child has been in foster care since shortly after her sister’s disappearance.  The child was expected to be placed in the care of family in the Houston area following Monday’s hearing.

Tennessee Sting Nets Child Predators

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Too many Children are being victimized by Sex Trafficking

22 men indicted as part of human trafficking operation in Brentwood

BRENTWOOD, TN  –  At least 22 men have been indicted as part of an undercover human trafficking operation in Brentwood.

As part of the sting in early October, two female agents posed as prostitutes on Backpage.com and offered sex for purchase.

During the text message exchanges with dozens and dozens of would-be customers, the agents identified themselves as minors.

According to the TBI, within a three-day period, 22 men showed up for arranged meetings, showing intentions of purchasing sex with a child.

The men were from all different backgrounds.  The suspects include a computer programmer, an automotive engineer, a chef and a construction worker.

Eleven of the 22 men who were indicted are still in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Now: @TBInvestigation presser on a human trafficking investigation in Brentwood. pic.twitter.com/FUaMJVM9wI
— Kim St. Onge (@KimWSMV) November 9, 2017

Authorities have arrested nine of the suspects in Williamson County:

NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! will not publish these names, if you wish to see them, you will find them here.

The TBI also sent undercover male agents to respond to advertisements on Backpage.com to try to find potential victims of human trafficking.  Two women responded to the ads but declined to receive services from the TBI’s partner nonprofit agency.

The TBI, the Brentwood Police Department, Homeland Security and the office of 21st District Attorney General Kim Helper all assisted in the investigation.

“This is, without doubt, a demand-driven crime, involving men from all kinds of backgrounds,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn.  “We need more men to stand up and talk honestly about how we got here as a culture and what we need to do to fix it.  Unless we’re willing to hold one other accountable, we will continue to see too many people victimized by this kind of crime, with no one to blame but ourselves.”

If you would like to help the victims of sex trafficking in Tennessee, visit ithastostop.com.

TX Law Enforcement – Bravery, Valor and Strength

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Our Law Enforcement Officers do a whole lot of things that no one ever mentions, and many are Veterans of Our Military.

AG Paxton’s Criminal Investigations
Division Reaches New Milestones

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton congratulates the Criminal Investigations Division of his office for reaching two huge milestones since its inception in 2003.

On September 27, the division marked its 10,000th arrest with the capture of Jordan Adam Lafleur, who was wanted for aggravated sexual assault of a child.  Twenty-seven of the 10,000 arrests involved the capture of outlaws on the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted list.

On October 3, investigators from the division’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit made their 9,000th arrest, apprehending Armando Ramos, a convicted child predator wanted for violating parole.

“These monumental milestones are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Criminal Investigations Division’s brave law enforcement officers, who don’t always get the public recognition they so richly deserve,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “Their bravery, valor and strength remind us of the dangers many of them face every day – dangers they confront without hesitation.  I am proud of the job they do to keep Texas stronger, safer and just.”

The Fugitive Apprehension Unit’s mission is to locate and arrest convicted child sex offenders who violate conditions of their parole and to arrest sex offenders who fail to comply with the state’s mandated sex offender registration requirements.  It also assists the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in locating missing and endangered runaways.

To learn more about the Criminal Investigations Division and its efforts to keep Texans safe, visit the attorney general’s website at https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/criminal-investigations

For more information about protecting your children online visit https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cj/cyber-safety

Cameron County TX DA’s Office Making A Difference

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Cameron County TX DA’s Office Cares About All Children

Cameron County Child Abuse Unit works to aid those in need

Cameron County, TX  –  Often, the person who sexually abuses a child is someone the child knows or trusts.

When Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Rodriguez first started working for the Child Abuse Unit, he was surprised to find that many times, the sexual abuse is happening quietly.

“I always felt that sexual assaults were something loud and vicious, but a lot of what we see is a silent horror,” Rodriguez said.  “It’s quietly an uncle (or another family member) molesting a child.”

Right now, the CameronCountyDA’s Office is working on 50 cases pertaining to child abuse, but more are always coming in.

Not every incident that is reported makes it to court or even the Child Abuse Unit’s desk.  Investigators may determine that there is not sufficient evidence for a case, or if the case does reach the unit, witnesses may drop the charges or change what they say, said Brandy Bailey, supervisor of the child abuse unit.

“We’ve had quite a few cases where the mothers or grandmothers will say that it didn’t happen.  That’s why it’s so important we all have that relationship with the therapists and professionals,” Bailey said.

Law enforcement helps, too, with the amount of evidence and statements it is able to provide for a case, Rodriguez said.

Gabriela Cruz, the Child Abuse Unit’s paralegal, helps keep the unit running, too, said Yvette Vela, public information officer for the DA’s Office.

TX Child Abuse Suspect Takes Own Life

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Daryl Elliott, 56, barricaded himself inside an apartment.

Child Abuse suspect kills himself as deputies try to arrest him in Dallas

A child abuse suspect killed himself during a standoff with authorities trying to arrest him Tuesday night at a northeast Dallas apartment.

Two warrant officers were attempting to serve a felony warrant about 9 p.m. when Daryl Elliott, 56, barricaded himself inside an apartment in the 7500 block of Holly Hill Drive, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said.

Officers attempted to negotiate with Elliott, but he did not surrender.  Hours later, they heard a gunshot inside the apartment, Urbina said.

They entered to find Elliott had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers didn’t fire their weapons during the incident, Urbina said.

He was convicted for two charges of injury to a child or elderly person.

He faced two charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, which were eventually dismissed. 

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