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Wesley Mathews and Sherin Mathews

Disappearance of Texas toddler shrouded in mystery; police ask why family SUV left the home same morning child vanished

A 3-year-old disappeared from her Richardson, Texas, home on Oct. 7, and so far, she’s yet to be located. As additional clues emerge, police continue to piece the puzzle together, hoping to locate the missing girl.

Wesley Mathews, the 37-year-old man who adopted Sherin Mathews from India when she was infant, told police he made the little girl stand outside in her pajamas at 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 in the back yard area of his Richardson home off of the 900 block of Sunningdale, under a tree near an alley. Wesley reportedly told police he checked on his daughter 15 minutes later and noticed she wasn’t there. He then claimed he decided to do a load of laundry and wait for her to come home.

Sherin never returned.

#Day9 #voice4Sherin #SherinMathews Anyone with any informations about Sherin ℳathew please pleaseeeeeeeeee call Richardson Police Department

Posted by Merlin Mary Mathew Kunnel on Sunday, October 15, 2017

 

It took Mathews five hours from the time he noticed his daughter missing to call police and inform them. He was promptly arrested on child abandonment and neglect charges, but has since bailed out of jail. He now wears an ankle monitor while awaiting his next hearing.

Detectives reported that at around 4 a.m. on Oct. 7, someone took the family Acura MDX and drove it from the home, returning around an hour later. They don’t know who drove the SUV or where the SUV went to, since, according to CBS DFW, Wesley lawyered up and isn’t answering anymore questions. The child’s mother, who was supposedly asleep when the little girl disappeared, also lawyered up and has reportedly refused to cooperate with police.

Update on Missing Child – Sherin Mathews:We have information that the Mathews' 2013 maroon Acura MDX SUV was absent…

Posted by Richardson Police Department on Thursday, October 12, 2017

 

Authorities are asking anyone in the Richardson and surrounding areas with surveillance cameras to carefully reveal footage from Oct. 7, and look specifically for a maroon 2013 Acura MDX.

READ More: Sherin Mathews Update: Police warn family SUV may have played part in little girl’s disappearance

Fox4 reports that the family refused to show up for a vigil held for Sherin last week, which further alarmed numerous people following the case closely.

Numerous search groups joined in to help locate Sherin and have led searches throughout the surrounding area, but so far, according to Richardson detectives, nothing substantial has turned up. Richardson PD announced that the search groups are completely voluntary and are not affiliated in anyway with local authorities or the FBI.

The Times of India reports that the Mathews family adopted Sherin just before her 2nd birthday, after her birth parents abandoned her in India. At age three, she weighs just 22 pounds, according to local authorities. Wesley told police that the little girl has an eating disorder, which makes it difficult for them to feed her. He indicated that on the the morning of Oct. 7, he was once again could get her to eat or drink, prompting him to punish her at 3 a.m.

Sherin also has a learning disorder, making it difficult for her to speak. According to police, she has limited communication skills.

The little girl is of Indian descent and stands three feet tall. She has dark brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black pajama bottoms, and pink flip flops.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Richardson Police Department at 972-744-4801 immediately.

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