A 3-year-old Texas girl with special needs is missing after her adoptive father told her to stand by a tree outside her home at 3 a.m. to punish her because she didn’t drink her milk, police said, resulting in the father’s arrest.
Sherin Mathews, the girl, is still missing after her disappearance was reported at 8 a.m. on Saturday. She went missing just 15 minutes after her father, Wesley Mathews, told her to stand outside near the tree, which is 100 feet from the family’s house, KXAS reported.
Sherin has “developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills,” according to police.
Wesley Mathews was arrested Saturday evening on the charge that he abandoned or endangered a child. He was released from jail on a $250,000 bond that night.
Sherin’s 4-year-old sister was removed from the family home and placed in protective custody, KXAS said.
The Mathews family were members of the Emmanuel Bible Chapel, and fellow congregants have been assisting the family by posting missing person posters around their neighborhood.
“I can’t believe I have to do this right now,” said one congregant, Joanna Cherian, to KXAS. “I never thought this day would come that the cutest baby in our church has gone missing.”
The 3-year-old girl is 36 inches tall and weighs 22 pounds, police said. Sherin, who was adopted from India, has black hair, brown eyes, and brown skin. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black pajama bottoms, and pink thong sandals.
Wesley Mathews allegedly told an officer that “he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley [nearby] where he left his daughter,” according to KTRK-TV.
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