An attorney representing the mother of a missing Indian American three-year-old girl in Richardson, Texas, since Oct. 7, said all she wants is for her daughter to be returned home safely.
"All she wants is for her daughter to be returned," attorney Kent Starr, who represents the mother, Sini Mathews, told WFAA Oct. 12.
Sini Mathews has not been charged with any crime. Her husband, Wesley, faces child endangerment charges and has another attorney.
According to an earlier story in India-West, Sherin Mathews, a special needs toddler who suffers from developmental disabilities, was allegedly put out in an alley behind the family’s home at 3 a.m., Oct. 7, by her father as a punishment for not drinking her milk.
Sherin Mathews was adopted in India by her parents. Richardson Police Department spokesman Kevin Perlich told local media that Wesley Mathews had called police five hours after his daughter went missing.
Wesley Mathews was arrested Oct. 7 evening and charged with abandoning or endangering a child, but he has since been released on a $250,000 bond.
Child Protective Services removed Sherin’s four-year-old sister – who is not being named – from the couple’s home on Oct. 9.
Family members described the couple as loving parents to both of their children and told local media they could not believe Wesley Mathews would harm his child.
Attorney Starr was asked by WFAA why the parents hadn't made public pleas to find their daughter.
"The mere fact that you don't hear from a person who is mourning, some individuals mourn differently. It's not indicative of anything," he said, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Richardson police officers are working around-the-clock to find the missing child.
According to the WFAA report, Sherin's great uncle came to the door Oct. 9 in disbelief. "Three o' clock the baby is the outside? I cannot believe it," said Philip Mathew.
Groups on Facebook have also popped up to organize searches, said the report, adding the Facebook pages read, "Where is Sherin Mathews?" and "Help Find Sherin Mathews."
The Richardson Police Department issued a statement Oct. 7, stating: “She is approximately 36" tall and weighs about 22 pounds. She suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills. She was last seen wearing a pink top, black pajama bottoms and pink flip flops.
“If anyone has any information on her whereabouts, they are asked to contact us at 972-744-4800.”