Vastavam web: Police in the US today found the body of a small child in a culvert, which they say is “most likely” that of a 3-year-old Indian girl who went missing over two weeks ago when her foster father sent her outside alone late in the night as punishment for not drinking her milk.Sherin Mathews, who has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, was last seen outside her family’s backyard in Richardson city in Texas on October 7 after her Indian-American father Wesley Mathews upbraided her and sent her alone outside late at night as punishment for not finishing her milk.The body was found about one km from the house of her adoptive parents Wesley and Sini Mathews.
The body was found in a culvert beneath a road around 11 AM (local time) with the help of search dogs. Police have not released any details about how the child died.The body was found in a culvert beneath a road, Sergeant Kevin Perlich, spokesman for the Richardson Police Department, told reporters.The identification process was underway. The medical examiner was working to determine the cause of death, he said.
The child’s foster father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested on October 8 on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child. A day later, he was released from custody after posting USD 250,000 bond.As per an arrest-warrant affidavit, Mathews, hailing from Kerala, told police that he sent Sherin outside and told her to stand next to a large tree at around 3 AM October 7.After looking around for her, he said he then went inside to do laundry and decided to wait until morning to continue searching or for her to return on her own, Perlich said.
Police were not alerted to her disappearance until about five hours later.Child Protective Services took custody of the Indian- American couple’s other biological daughter, age 4, shortly after Wesley was arrested.Police had also taken DNA swabs, receipts, grass and other debris from three vehicles belonging to the Mathews family.The Richardson Police Department said on October 12 that one of the Mathews’ vehicles had left the residence the morning Sherin went missing, between 4 and 5 am, between the time Mathews said Sherin disappeared and the time he called police.Sherin’s case also caught the attention of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.”We are deeply concerned about the missing child. Indian Embassy in US is actively involved and they keep me informed,” Swaraj tweeted on October 19