Although the search for 3-year-old Sherin Mathews continues, her parents have stopped communicating with police. Despite her father’s claims that the missing girl vanished after he made her stand outside the home in the middle of the night for not drinking her milk, authorities are looking for traces of blood inside the family’s vehicles and their Richardson, Texas, home.
Sherin’s father, Wesley Mathews, 37, is the only suspect in his daughter’s disappearance, reports CBS 11. The news media outlet further notes that both Sherin’s mother and father have retained attorneys and have stopped talking to police.
A video report by the local news media outlet indicates that the family is not speaking to anyone, including a priest that showed up at their door, as well as concerned relatives who drove to Richardson from nearby Irving to check on them.
Richardson Police told CBS 11 they are searching for blood in Sherin’s family home and the vehicles that authorities towed from the house on Saturday. The report notes that police are also examining cell phone data and surveillance cameras in the area.
Neighbors of the Mathews family told CBS 11 they spotted Richardson police officers looking through dumpsters in strip malls around the home.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Sherin’s 4-year-old sister, the Mathews’ biological daughter, was removed from the home by Child Protective Services (CPS) as the investigation continues into Sherin’s disappearance. A spokesperson for the agency said CPS has had contact with the family in the past but did not divulge details regarding the contact, according to CBS 11.
The Mathews adopted Sherin about 18 months ago from India after having trouble conceiving, CBS 11 reports.
Wesley Mathews was arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child. Late Sunday night, he posted $250,000 bond and was released from custody, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The arrest warrant affidavit indicates that at about 3 a.m. early Saturday morning, Mathews 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 in question is 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 states that Mathews informed police that coyotes have been seen on several occasions in the alley near where he told Sherin to stand.
Authorities were not called to the scene by Sherin’s parents until approximately 8 a.m., almost five hours after the little girl vanished.
Also Monday, the Richardson Police Department announced that the Amber Alert issued on Saturday following Sherin’s disappearance had expired, as investigators lacked any new leads or specific information in the case.
The Richardson Police Department states 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 three 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 972-744-4800.
[Featured Image by The Richardson Police Department]