Authorities in Texas announced at a press conference, which you can watch above, that they believe they located the body of missing 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, who went missing October 7 following a punishment by her father in Richardson, Texas.
“A police spokesman told reporters that investigators have no reason to believe that the body belongs to another missing child,” The Washington Post reported.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Sherin Went Missing October 7 After Her Father Sent Her Outside Where Coyotes Roam as Punishment for Not Drinking Her Milk
Sherin went missing on October 7 after authorities said her father, Wesley Mathews, punished the child for failing to drink her milk.
Police said Wesley admitted to placing the girl near a tree in an alley “where coyotes were known to roam,” ABC 13 reported.
After 15 minutes, authorities said the father told them he went to check on the girl but could not find her, and proceeded to do a load of laundry after claiming that he wasn’t too worried about the situation, according to an affidavit obtained by The Washington Post.
2. Police & Search Dogs Likely Located Her Body October 22
Authorities announced Sunday that “the body of a small child was discovered” about a mile away from Sherin’s home.
The Richardson Police Department posted to Facebook:
Since the time Sherin Mathews was reported missing on Saturday morning, October 7th, the Richardson Police Department and other law enforcement entities have been working 24/7 to locate her. Today, 10/22/17, at approximately 11:00am, during one of those search operations, the body of a small child was discovered in the area of E. Spring Valley Rd. and S. Bowser Rd. The area has been blocked off as a crime scene. We are awaiting the FBI Evidence Recovery Team to respond. The adjacent neighborhoods can expect to experience some disruptions during this time. #sherinmathews
3. The Father Was Arrested & Then Released on Bail
The young girl’s father was arrested on child abandonment and endangerment charges on the same day as Sherin’s disappearance but was later released on bail. According to CBS 11, he has stopped cooperating with authorities.
As of Sunday afternoon, he had not been charged with any additional crimes.
4. Sherin Is Originally From India & Was Adopted
Sgt. Kevin Perlich, a spokesman for the Richardson Police Department, said that Wesley and his wife, Sini, “adopted Sherin about two years ago from an orphanage in India, The Washington Post reported.
The newspaper reported that Perlich said Sherin’s father claimed “that Sherin was malnourished and had to be on a special diet to gain weight.” Perlich stated that the girl “had to be fed whenever she was awake,” and added that the father claimed she “wasn’t cooperating” the night she was punished and subsequently went missing.
5. Her Story Is Going Viral & Has Many Outraged at the Circumstances Involved
The circumstances involving Sherin’s disappearance has outraged the pubic, and many are taking to social media to express their anguish.
Amy Lawyer posted to Facebook:
Rest in peace Sherin. You are a forever Angel. Dumped in bushes as an infant by the side of a road in India. Adopted to what was supposed to be a loving home. Only to be allegedly abused and put outside for not drinking your milk in the middle of the night. There are many that will seek the justice you deserve. Whatever happened I believe there is a special place in HELL for the parents, or people, who failed you.
“EVERYONE FAILED THIS baby girl,” Rhonda Davis replied. “Who knows what they did to her before she was murdered. I’m so glad criminals are dumb. Can’t wait to see how def lawyers spin this.”