WATCH LIVE: Day one murder trial of adoptive father who claimed coyotes may have taken slain tot Sherin Mathews

A Dallas grand jury indicated 39-year-old Wesley Mathews on capital murder charges last year, after an official autopsy report revealed his adopted daughter, 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, died from homicidal violence.

Testimony began Monday afternoon in a Dallas courtroom.

The case gained national attention after Mathews claimed he put the little girl outside at 3 a.m. as punishment for not drinking her milk on October 7, 2017. Mathews claimed he spotted coyotes in the alley close to the family home, yet, decided to wait five hours before calling for help.

Wesley Mathews [Photo: Police Handout]
He later changed his story and said he “forcefully” helped her drink her milk, which caused her to choke and die, according to police.

On October 22, 2017, authorities found Sherin’s lifeless body in culvert close to East Spring Valley Road, near Richardson. She was wrapped in a garbage bag.

[Feature Photo: Sherin Mathews/Handout]