Parents of adopted Indian child give up custody fight for biological daughter
The foster parents of Sherin Mathews, a three-year-old Indian girl who was found dead in a ditch in the United States, have given up custody and parental rights to their biological child.
Wesley and Sini Mathews, who are from Kerala, stood in chains before a judge and agreed to give up their parental rights, a decision that is final and irreversible.
Adoption laws for foreigners made stricter after Sherin case
Sherin Mathews went missing on 7 October, 2017 and her body was found 15 days later in a ditch by a police dogs after an intense search. Her body was identified days later.
Her foster father Wesley Mathews has been charged with murder in Sherin's death. His wife Sini was arrested on a charge of child abandonment based on her husband's admission to investigators that they went out to dinner and left Sherin alone the night before she died.
Last month, a judge blocked the couple from having any contact with their four-year-old surviving child after lawyers argued that they failed to protect Sherin.
The child has been placed in the temporary custody of Sherin's sister, who lives in the U.S. These relatives plan to adopt the child.
Authorities believe that Sherin was killed by her adoptive father who then hid her body in a ditch where it remained for weeks. If found guilty, Mathews could face the death penalty or an automatic sentence of life without parole.
Matthews originally said he put Sherin outside because she would not drink her milk. He later changed that story to say that the child choked on her milk.