Texas Toddler Missing After Dad Says She Was Left Outside As Punishment

Meanwhile, officials with Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the toddler's 4-year-old sister from the family on Monday and placed her in protective custody as police continue to search for the missing child.

An Indian American special needs toddler has been missing since October 7, after her father allegedly put her out in an alley behind their Richardson, Texas home at 3 a.m., as a punishment for not drinking her milk.

Police said Mathews waited about five hours before he called police to report the disappearance.

Her father, Wesley Mathews, was the last person to see her. Saturday as punishment for not drinking her milk.

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. Mathews told detectives that he told Sherin to stand by a tree about 100 feet from the family's home because she would not drink her milk.

We are now looking for a 3-year-old child.

Mathews went outside about 15 minutes later to check on her, but Sherin was gone, the affidavit states.

Wesley Mathews
Wesley Mathews

Mathews was arrested Saturday night and charged with abandoning or endangering a child. "During the past three days, numerous searches have been conducted around the neighborhood and surrounding areas where Sherin's adoptive father last reported seeing her on Saturday morning".

"While he was waiting he did a little laundry and hoped that the light would come around and he could do a better check", said Richardson PD Sgt. Kevin Perlich. He was later released on Sunday night on a $250,000 bond.

Anyone with information is asked to call Richardson police at 972-744-4800.

An Amber Alert was issued, but it has been discontinued due to a shortage of leads and information, police say. "The mere fact that Wesley may be accused of a crime is not indicative of Mrs. Mathews". A friend of the family says Wesley and his wife were not in the home.

Police in Dallas are actively searching for Sherin Mathews. Richardson police confiscated the family's burgundy vehicle in the driveway.

Police told the network that they're trying to establish a timeline for what happened. The child, who was malnourished, had to be fed whenever she was awake, say reports. RPD investigators are actively working with several outside law enforcement agencies and specialized groups, including The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Search One - Rescue Team, the F.B.I., U.S. Marshals, The Texas Department of Public Safety and various local police departments.

Vanessa Coleman