Girl goes missing after being sent outside for not finishing milk

Casey Dawson
October 10, 2017

The Richardson Police Department issued an Amber Alert on Saturday for 3-year-old Sherin Mathews after her father, Wesley Mathews, reported her missing. She was wearing a pink top and black pajama bottoms.

The girl, who is developmentally disabled with limited verbal skills, was allegedly told by her father, Wesley Mathews, to stand next to a tree near an alley outside their home as a form of discipline for not finishing her milk. Sherin had disappeared when Mathews checked in on her 15 minutes later, the affidavit said. Wesley Mathews told police that he told his daughter to stand next to a tree across the street from the Mathews backyard on the other side of the alley, even though coyotes were recently seen in the area. At this time, police are trying to discern why the family didn't report Sherin missing for five hours, according to NBC.

He posted bond and was released from jail on Sunday.

Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales told the Morning News that Mathews' and his wife's 4-year-old daughter was taken into foster care.

The child abduction alert was issued by the Texas Amber Alert Network. He is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

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Police still have no leads or information about the little girl's whereabouts. The couple had a daughter, a year older than Sherin.

Sherin Mathews has been missing since Saturday.

Sergeant Kevin Perlich said officers had been going door-to-door and were using police dogs to try and find the young girl.

Members of the family's church gathered outside of the home Saturday afternoon and said the girl's parents were being interviewed at police headquarters.

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