According to the father of 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, she vanished over a week ago after he made her stand outside their Richardson, Texas family home in the middle of the night because she refused to drink her milk. One report claims that during her time at an orphanage in India, Sherin was not a picky eater and drank milk without incident.
Sherin was adopted by Wesley and Sini Mathews in 2016 from an agency in India. According to The Times of India, the Bihar State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) confirmed the couple adopted Sherin.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a secretary who worked at the now-closed agency, Babita Kumari, spoke with TOI, saying Sherin, not unlike most other children, “was a little stubborn.” Kumari added that Sherin became attached to one of the female caretakers at the agency, and showed great affection for the woman.
She also stated that Sherin was just 18-months-old when she was rescued and turned over to the agency, presumably after being abandoned by her birth family.
Kumari also spoke to The Indian Express, elaborating further on Sherin’s eating habits when asked whether the little girl was “stubborn” when it came to drinking milk.
The former secretary told TIE that the orphanage where Sherin resided was small so only 50 children were given milk each morning. Kumari added, “After all the children would line up, we would offer them milk and they drank it without a fuss…” and said Sherin would “…eat whatever was given to her.”
Kumari said those at the orphanage are “shocked to learn she has gone missing.”
The couple’s 4-year-old biological daughter was removed from the home by Child Protective Services just days ago. 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.
Sherin’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested by Richardson Police not long after reporting the girl missing and was charged with endangering a child.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, Mathews told police he took Sherin outside and told her to stand close to a large tree located near the family’s backyard, reports CBS 19. Mathews alleges that around 15 minutes later, he went to check on Sherin and she was gone.
The tree where Sherin stood is located behind a fence and across an alley about 100 feet from the family’s residence, according to The Dallas Morning News. The affidavit further says that Mathews told police that coyotes have been seen roaming the alleyway near where he told Sherin to stand.
Richardson Police have announced that the Mathews’ 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV was not at the residence just an hour after Sherin disappeared. Authorities are asking residents and business owners that are located in the vicinity where the Acura could have traveled to review 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.
On 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 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]