A 3-year-old Texas girl who was sent outside by her father as punishment for not drinking her milk was still missing two days later, investigators said.
The Richardson Police Department announced Saturday that the girl, Sherin Mathews, was last seen by her father in the back yard of the family’s Sunningdale home about 3 a.m. Saturday.
The girl, who is developmentally disabled with limited verbal skills, allegedly was told by her father, Wesley Mathews, to stand next to a tree near an alley outside their home as a form of discipline for not finishing her milk. Fifteen minutes later, when Mathews returned to check on the girl, his daughter was gone, Sgt. Kevin Perlich told the Houston Chronicle.
Mathews didn’t call to report his daughter missing until five hours later, according to Perlich, who was unavailable for additional comment early Monday. But a police source confirmed to The Post that the girl had not been located as of midday Monday.
Mathews, 37, was later arrested and charged with abandoning or endangering a child, a felony. He was released late Sunday after posting $250,000 bond, Perlich told the Chronicle.
Mathews, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News, sent his daughter to stand near the large tree across an alley where he had previously seen coyotes, he admitted to investigators. Coyote attacks, however, are extremely rare, according to the newspaper, citing just two human fatalities since the 1980s, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
An Amber Alert for the girl remained active Monday. She was last seen wearing a pink top and black pajama pants, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. She is described as 3 feet tall, about 22 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call Richardson police at (972) 744-4800.