Richardson toddler still missing as parents hire separate attorneys

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

The girl's foster mother was reportedly asleep when Sherin went missing and she was unaware of what Mathews was doing. He said it was the 3-year-old's punishment for not drinking her milk.

Her mother, Sini Mathews' lawyer Kent Starr, spent nearly two hours inside their home before speaking briefly to reporters, stressing the fact that there were no charges against Sini.

"Sherin did have a medical condition, and they have worked to get it under control", Starr, the lawyer, told CBS DFW.

Sherin's father, Mathews, 37, was arrested on Saturday on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child.

Mathews 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. When he returned 15 minutes later, she was gone. That may explain why she was punished at 3 a.m., he said.

Police are still looking for answers as to exactly what happened to Sherin.

"As far as why she was out there, how long she was out there, that's the questions we have for the parents", he added. The girl's mother does not face any charges.

State Child Protective Services removed a 4-year-old child from the home early Monday, he said.

The search for the girl has expanded beyond the neighborhood and police are contacting sex offenders and businesses in the area that could potentially have useful surveillance video. She is said to be around 3 feet tall and weighs 22 pounds.

They said she experiences formative issues and has restricted verbal relational abilities. Wesley and his wife Sini Mathews are natives of Kerala and had adopted Sherin from an orphanage in India in July previous year.

The community is also shaken up from the matter as well as the toddler's great-uncle.

"So part of the feeding thing was to build some mass and put some weight on her so it wasn't uncommon for her to have to be fed on a consistent schedule or as frequently as they could", Perlich said. "The parents are believers in Christ".

It seems that Sherin's foster father is the only witness for her missing.

"I can't say anything about that. They take care of her very much", said Jose Cherian, the church elder. "All she wants is to have her biological daughter and Sherin back". "And you leave your baby?"

Richardson police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to sort through the evidence seized this week from the home of a missing toddler girl as the search enters its sixth day.

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