The Richardson Police Department announced on Saturday that the girl, Sherin Mathews, was last seen by her father in the backyard of the family's Sunningdale home about 3 a.m. Saturday. At this time, police are trying to discern why the family didn't report Sherin missing for five hours, according to NBC. Mathews was punishing his daughter for not drinking her milk, cops said.
An Amber Alert was issued for 3-year-old Sherin Mathews Saturday morning.
Her father, Wesley Mathews, 37, is now behind bars, facing child endangerment charges.
He also told detectives that he knew coyotes were seen in the area where he left his daughter. "They loved Sherin very much", he said. 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.More news: President Trump's view of Puerto Rico relief at odds with reality
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"The family has had contact with CPS previously, however details are confidential", Gonzales said. She was last seen wearing a pink top, black pajama bottoms, and pink flip-flops. Sherin Matthews disappeared early yesterday morning. He said authorities are casting a broad net in determining what happened to the girl. Her hair was described as being in two long braids. They also have towed the family vehicle to search for evidence.
She is 3-feet tall and weighs 22 pounds.
When he went outside 15 minutes later to check on her, the toddler, who has a developmental disability, had vanished.