Although 3-year-old Sherin Mathews is still missing, it was announced Monday that the Amber Alert issued for her has now been canceled. The toddler vanished from Richardson, Texas early Saturday morning after reportedly being placed outside in the middle of the night by her father as punishment for not drinking her milk.
The Richardson Police Department indicated that the Amber Alert issued on Saturday has expired and there is no new information or developments in Sherin’s case. According to News 4 San Antonio, if new information arises in the case, the Amber Alert could be reissued.
Richardson Police spokesperson Kevin Perlich was more specific about the Amber Alert cancellation, saying the Texas Department of Public Safety canceled the alert because investigators lacked tips in the case. He said, “We need to have a specific vehicle or a suspect, and we lack that,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Sherin’s 4-year-old sister was removed from the family home by Child Protective Services (CPS), as the investigation continues into Sherin’s disappearance.
Marissa Gonzales, a spokesperson for CPS, told CBS 11 that the agency has “had contact” with the family before, but could not offer any more details about the interaction. Gonzales also said that at present, CPS is working in conjunction with law enforcement on the investigation into Sherin’s disappearance.
Sherin’s father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested and charged over the weekend with abandoning or endangering a child. The arrest warrant affidavit indicated that at about 3 a.m. early Saturday morning, he took Sherin outside and told her to stand close to a large tree that was located near the family’s backyard, according to CBS 19. Mathews alleges that at around 3:15 a.m. he went to check on Sherin and she was gone.
The tree sits behind a fence and is located across an alley about 100 feet from the family’s residence, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The affidavit also stated that Mathews informed police that coyotes have been seen on several occasions in the alley near where he told Sherin to stand, ABC 7 reported.
Authorities indicate they were not called to the scene by Sherin’s parents until approximately 8 a.m., almost five hours after the little girl vanished.
Mathews wife has been questioned by police and all three of the vehicles owned by the family have been taken from the home by police, according to Fox 4.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, police have gone door-to-door in their quest to find Sherin, even using search dogs to attempt to pick up a scent to give them some clue as to where she may be.
Late Sunday night, Mathews posted $250,000 bond and was released from custody, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The Richardson Police Department has stated that Sherin suffers from developmental issues and her verbal communication skills are limited.
Sherin was last seen on October 7 wearing a pink long-sleeve top, black pajama bottoms, and pink flip-flop sandals. She is described as being an Asian female who weighs around 22 pounds and is approximately 3-feet in height. Sherin has black hair and brown eyes.
The Richardson Police Department is urging anyone with any information about Sherin or her whereabouts to call 972-744-4801.
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