Police have revealed more details about a missing Texas girl who was sent outside at 3 a.m. on Saturday for misbehaving.
Wesley Mathews, 37, has been arrested for suspected child endangerment for the treatment of his daughter, Sherin. Police believe she is in grave and immediate danger.
Mathews went outside about 15 minutes later to check on her, but Sherin was gone, the affidavit states.
A three-year-old Indian girl with developmental issues has been missing in the USA state of Texas after her foster father allegedly told her to stand outside alone late in the night as punishment for not finishing her milk, media reports said.
He says he went inside and did laundry, hoping she would return. He was released on $250,000 bond late Sunday night, Sgt. Kevin Perlich said.
“That does not seem like a normal response that one would do if you have a missing child”, the channel quoted Mr. Perlich as saying.
During his interview, he mentioned that he saw coyotes in the alley where he left his daughter.
Family members said that the Wesleys are a “nice family” and are in shock over the disappearance of their daughter.
Police told the network that they’re trying to establish a timeline for what happened. According to investigators, Sherin “suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills”. She was last seen wearing black leggings, a pink shirt and pink flip-flops. Footage from surveillance cameras in the area also is being reviewed.
The Texas Child Protective Services has taken the custody of the toddler’s 4-year-old sister from the family. Marissa Gonzales, a CPS spokesperson, said that the agency had dealings with the family in the past. Mathews told investigators it wasn’t unusual for the girl to wake up late at night to eat so that her weight would increase, Perlich said.
“We don’t have any other indication or evidence that she was forcibly abducted from that area”, Perlich said.