Foster care

A custody hearing for the sister of missing Sherin Mathews has been postponed for three weeks to allow their Indian American father, Wesley Mathews (above), to hire an attorney. (Richardson, Texas Police Dept. photo)

DALLAS — The sister of a missing 3-year-old Texas girl will remain in foster care for at least three more weeks.

A Dallas County judge postponed an Oct. 23 custody hearing until Nov. 13 for the 4-year-old sister of Sherin Mathews to allow their father, Indian American Wesley Mathews, to hire an attorney.

Police said Oct. 23 that they believe the body of a young child found about a half-mile from the family’s home in the Dallas suburb of Richardson is Sherin’s. They are still awaiting confirmation and the cause of death (see India-West story here).

Wesley Mathews told police he ordered Sherin to stand outside of their home at around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 as punishment for not drinking her milk. He says when he went to check on her about 15 minutes later, she was gone. He is charged with child endangerment and is out on bond.

Police have said that Mathews and his wife adopted Sherin from India. The 4-year-old sister is their biological daughter.

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