Sherin Mathews was reported missing by her Indian-American foster father on October 7, who said he had left her outside their house for not drinking her milk. Police found her body on October 22 in a culvert about 1 km from her home in suburban Dallas during a massive search for the toddler.
Wesley Mathews, her foster father, later changed his statement and said that she died after choking while he was forcing her to drink her milk.
A doctor testified before the court saying that Sherin showed signs of abuse, including a series of broken bones and injuries in various stages of healing.
Wesley Mathews was arrested in October and has been charged with injury to a child, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison, and is being held on a $1 million bond. He and his wife, Sini Mathews, have also lost all rights to see their biological daughter, who was put into foster care and later placed with a Houston family.
Sherin Mathews was given a private burial, and the Dallas gravesite was later made public.
With inputs from PTI