The adoptive parents of missing Richardson, Texas, girl Sherin Mathews are scheduled to appear in court next week in an attempt to get their biological daughter placed back in their home.
The Mathews’ 4-year-old daughter was removed from the home by Child Protective Services (CPS) shortly after the investigation into Sherin’s disappearance commenced. According to CBS DFW, CPS had been involved with the family in the past, but would not divulge further details as to why the agency was called or for which child.
Monday’s custodial hearing will involve the Mathews asking the presiding judge to allow them to take their biological daughter home, CBS DFW reports.
In the meantime, it’s been 13 days since Sherin went missing and the investigation continues into what happened to the toddler, who was adopted from India by the Mathews in 2016.
Sherin’s adoptive father, Wesley Mathews, told police that on Saturday, October 7, at 3 a.m. he took the little girl outside and made her stand near a large tree across the alley from the family’s backyard as punishment for not drinking her milk. He claimed that about 15 minutes later when he went outside to check on Sherin, she was gone. He also informed police that coyotes had been seen roaming the alleyway near where Sherin was standing.
Police say the Mathews did not report Sherin missing until around 8 a.m., almost five hours after her father alleges she vanished.
Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested hours after Sherin was reported missing and was charged with endangering a child. A day later, Mathews was released from jail after posting a $250,000 bond. As part of that release, he was required to surrender his passport and must wear an electronic monitor.
While investigating Sherin’s disappearance, authorities have seized over 40 items from the Mathews’ home and vehicles, including a maroon 2013 Acura MDX. Richardson Police announced that the SUV was not at the Mathews’ residence between the hours of 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on the morning Sherin vanished. They are now scouring surveillance video from homes and businesses in the area to determine where the vehicle may have traveled.
A list of items seized by the FBI during the investigation includes gloves, wooden spoons, a Costco receipt, a floor mat from an Acura, and a washer and dryer, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
Richardson Police say Sherin suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills.
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 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]