Sherin Mathews, the 3-year-old Richardson, Texas, girl whose father told police he made her stand outside in the middle of the night for not drinking her milk, has been missing for almost a week. A vigil is scheduled to be held this weekend for the missing girl near her family home.
The vigil for Sherin will take place close to a tree where her father said he last saw her after sending her outside. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. on Friday, in the 900 block of Sunningdale in Richardson, according to CBS DFW.
Sherin was reported missing by her parents at around 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, but according to her father’s story, he discovered her missing about five hours earlier at 3:15 a.m.
Wesley Mathews, 37, the girl’s father, was arrested by Richardson Police and charged with endangering or abandoning a child. The arrest warrant affidavit indicates that Mathews told police that at about 3 a.m. 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 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.
As part of the investigation, police towed several vehicles from the Mathewses’ family home. Authorities are now interested in finding out where one of those vehicles went just an hour after Mathews claims Sherin vanished.
A recent message posted on the Richardson Police Department’s Facebook page indicates the agency has information that Mathews’ 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV was not at the residence just hours after Sherin disappeared.
Police are asking area residents and business owners that are located in the vicinity in which the Acura could have traveled to review and save any surveillance video they have from Saturday, October 7, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. for images of the vehicle.
Sherin’s 4-year-old sister, Mathews’ biological daughter, was removed from the family’s home by Child Protective Services (CPS), as the investigation continues into Sherin’s disappearance, the Inquisitr previously reported. A spokesperson for the agency said CPS has had contact with the family in the past, but did not divulge details as to why, according to CBS DFW.
The Mathewses adopted Sherin about 18 months ago from India after having trouble conceiving, CBS DFW reports.
On Sunday, October 8, Sherin’s father posted $250,000 bond and was released from custody, according to the Dallas Morning News. On Tuesday, it was reported that as part of his release, Mathews is required to wear an electronic monitoring device and surrender his passport.
Authorities indicate that Sherin suffers from developmental issues and her verbal communication skills are limited.
Sherin was last seen on October 7, 2017, 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]