Kochi: Valsamma and Sam Mathews, parents of Wesley Mathews, the Kochi-native facing charges of homicide and child endangerment in the Sherin murder case, were reportedly present at the Dallas residence of their son when the incident in question took place.
Also, the injuries found on the body of Sherin Mathews, the three-year-old adopted child of Wesley Mathews, were reportedly inflicted during their stay in the US.
Wesley Mathews had reportedly killed his adopted child and dumped the body underneath a culvert in suburban Dallas.
The Mathews family's neighbors, whom Onmanorama spoke to in Vytilla, Kochi, said the elderly couple were against Wesley Mathews and his wife, Sini, adopting a 'north Indian' child with physical challenges.
Sini and Wesley Mathews had been childless for about 14 years and were all for adopting a kid. Valsamma and Sam Mathews allegedly discouraged the couple's decision.
"They were against the adoption. We have seen Sini holding both the children in her hands. During the time when Sherin suffered injuries that were found on the body in various stages of healing, Valsamma and Sam Mathews were in the US with them," neighbors told Onmanorama.
Sam Mathews, a former employee of a private finance firm, and Valsamma visited their son's Dallas house in 2016.
After the incident grabbed headlines, Valsamma and Sam Mathews had locked up their Vyttila house, Eben Ezer Cottage, and reportedly moved to Australia to live with their daughter settled there. "They stayed here for almost a week this month and then left for Australia. They told us that they would return after two months," the neighbors said.
Neighbors said the couple were apparently relaxed and calm through the past week. "They behaved like nothing has happened at all. They spoke to us before leaving for Australia," said a man who lives on the first floor of Eben Ezer cottage.
Wesley Mathews has been charged with capital murder by the Dallas grand jury. Sherin's 35-year-old foster mother Sini Mathews has also been arrested for 'abandoning the child in dangerous circumstances' at home.