HOUSTON: Police have discovered the body of a girl child, which they say is “most likely” of a three-year-old Indian girl who went missing two weeks ago when her foster father reportedly sent her outside alone late in the night as punishment for not finishing her milk.
Sherin Mathews, who has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, was last seen outside her family’s backyard in Richardson, Dallas on October 7.
The Richardson Police on Sunday announced that they discovered the remains of a child in a tunnel beneath a road, expressing apprehension that it was “most likely” of Mathews. They, however, did not confirm the identityThe body was found about half a mile from Mathews’ house.As part of their search operation, the officers blocked off an area near Spring Valley and Bowser roads, east of Central Expressway.
The body was found in a culvert beneath a road around 11am with the help of search dogs. Police have not released any details about how the child died.They, however, indicated they had no reason to believe that the body of a different child had been found. The identification process was under way. The medical examiner was working to determine the cause of death.
Sherin’s foster father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child. A day later, he was released from custody after posting a $250,000 bond.As per an arrest-warrant affidavit, Mathews, said to be from Kerala, told police that he put Sherin outside and told her to stand next to a large tree at around 3am on Saturday (October 7).Mathews admitted to police that he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley, the affidavit said.