A father is currently regretting his action after he left his daughter outside their home as punishment for not drinking her milk.
Sherin Matthews has not been seen since Saturday (Picture: Richardson Police Department)
Sherin Matthews is a three-year-old American girl who has now gone missing after her father reportedly left her outside as punishment for not drinking her milk.
According to Daily Star UK, Sherin Matthews suffers from developmental issues, has limited verbal communication skills and has not been seen since her disappearance on Saturday.
Her father, Wesley, has been arrested by police in Texas and charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child after she was left outside their home at around 3am.
Richardson Police say the charge ‘was a result of his decision to place her outside a place of safety, which Mathews described to officers as being unsafe and contributing to her disappearance.’
He has since been released on a $250,000 bond.
Police have used dogs and helicopters in ‘numerous searches’ in the hunt for the young girl, who was adopted by the Matthews from an orphanage in India nearly two years ago.
They have also searched the Matthews’ home with the help of the FBI, ‘a natural progression of the investigation’according to the department.
Investigators are also working with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Search One – Rescue Team, U.S. Marshals, The Texas Department of Public Safety and various local police departments.
Matthews, 37, is said to have told his daughter to stand by a tree 100 foot from the backyard of the family’s house because she refused to drink her milk. But when he returned around 15 minutes later she had disappeared.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, he is also said to have told police that he knew coyotes had been seen in the area, which is close to some railway tracks. But police were not called until five hours after she went missing, just after 8am.
An amber alert, issued on Saturday, was cancelled on Monday after police received no new tip-offs. Sherin’s adoptive mother does not face any charges
The couple’s four-year-old biological daughter has been placed in foster care, according to local media.
Sherin is approximately 36″ tall and weighs about 22 pounds.
She was last seen wearing a pink top, black pyjama bottoms and pink flip flops.