An Amber Alert continued Monday for missing 3-year-old Sherin Matthews from Richardson, Texas. Sherin Mathews was last seen around 3 a.m. Saturday. Her father has been arrested and charged with child endangerment.
Members of the family’s church, Emmanuel Bible Chapel in Irving, have been in and out of the home, comforting the girl’s mother and looking behind the home where Sherin was last seen. “We are trying our best. We hope that baby Sherin is alive somewhere safe,” said Emmanuel Bible Chapel elder, Jose Cherian.
Wesley Mathews, 37, said he ordered Sherin Mathews to stand next to a tree behind the fence at their Richardson home at around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit. The tree is across an alley from the home was arrested Saturday for abandoning or endangering a child. The arrest affidavit states: “He directed his daughter to stand near a large tree at 3 a.m. because she wouldn’t drink her milk.”
Mathews claims he then went outside about 15 minutes later to check on her, but Sherin was gone, the affidavit states. The child, who has a developmental disability, was wearing leggings, a pink long-sleeved shirt and pink flip-flops.
The father didn’t notify police that his daughter was missing until about five hours later, said Sgt. Kevin Perlich. He said the delay in reporting the matter “is certainly concerning to us. That does not seem like a normal response that one would do if you have a missing child,” Perlich said.
Police say Wesley and his wife waited until 8 a.m. to report her missing. The affidavit also states Wesley told police: “He knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he left his daughter.”
A neighbor, who wanted to remain anonymous says the Mathews had trouble conceiving their first child, a 4-year-old girl. He says the couple adopted Sherin, who has developmental issues and limited communication skills. “They felt since God gave them that baby as a miracle baby, that they could help another little one without a family,” he said. This neighbor described the Mathews as devout Christians, who wanted and prayed for Sherin, but he can’t comprehend why Wesley would put her outside, alone as punishment.
UPDATE: The parents of Sherin Mathews are no longer cooperating with the investigation, police have said. According to CBS DFW, the Richardson Police Department said Wesley Mathews and his wife have hired a lawyer, and refused to answer further questions.