Police and family are desperately searching for Sherin Mathews after she was made to stand by a large tree in an area risky with coyotes near her home in Richardson, Texas, early Saturday morning.
Mathews admitted to police that he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he left her, Dallas News reported. He returned to check on her 15 minutes later but found her gone.
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. She was made to stand by a tree in the backyard of their home at 3 a.m. (4 a.m. EDT), reports suggested, citing police. The police arrested Mathews on Saturday evening. He was released on $250,000 bond.
Matthews was last seen wearing black pajama trousers, and a pink shirt. She suffered from malnourishment before arriving in the United States and is on a special diet, said Sergeant Kevin Perlich, a spokesman for the Richardson Police Department. "The 3-year-old is Asian, 36" tall, weighs 22 lbs., and has black hair and brown eyes.
The family called police five hours later to report her missing.
Richardson police said the end of the alert does is not an indication of the current condition of the child, rather that tips have dried up and officials can't justify keeping the alert active. "As far as why she was out there, how long she was out there, that's the questions we have for the parents".
A neighbor who asked to not use his name says Wesley and his wife, who was interviewed by police but is home now, struggled to conceive. The girl was adopted by the couple Wesley Mathews and Sini Mathews from Kerala two years ago.
Additionally, an #Amber alert that was issued on Saturday afternoon was discontinued.