Richardson, Texas girl Sherin Mathews, 3, is still missing, and police have released information about what the missing child’s father told authorities after reporting her disappearance. This includes a statement that he did laundry before reporting his daughter had vanished.
Sherin was reported missing by her parents at around 8 a.m. on October 7, but according to her father’s account of what happened, he discovered the child missing around five hours earlier at 3:15 a.m.
According to police, Sherin’s father, Wesley Mathews, 37, said one thing he did in those five hours was the laundry; hoping Sherin would eventually return home, WFAA reports.
Mathews was subsequently arrested by Richardson police and charged with endangering or abandoning a child. The arrest warrant affidavit indicates 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 around 15 minutes later he went to check on Sherin, and she was nowhere to be found.
The tree in question is behind a fence that is located across an alley about 100 feet from the family’s residence, according to The Dallas Morning News. The arrest warrant affidavit also states that Mathews informed police that coyotes had been seen on several occasions in the alley near where he told Sherin to stand.
Richardson Police have informed 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 family’s 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.
Late Sunday night, Sherin’s father 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.
In a recent Facebook post, the Richardson Police Department stated they are being aided in the search for Sherin by 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 other various local police agencies.
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 972-744-4800.
[Featured Image by The Richardson Police Department]