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Dad of missing girl, 3, forced her to stand outside when she didn't drink her milk: Police

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Police are searching for Sherin Mathews, 3, who is believed to be in grave or immediate danger. (Family Photo/Richardson Police Department) Police are searching for Sherin Mathews, 3, who is believed to be in grave or immediate danger. (Family Photo/Richardson Police Department)

(Meredith) – A Texas man is accused of placing his 3-year-old daughter outside when she didn’t drink her milk. Moments later the toddler vanished, according to an affidavit.

As of Monday morning, police are still searching for Sherin Mathews who is believed to be in grave or immediate danger, KTVT reports.

The girl’s father, Wesley Mathews, told police that he made his daughter stand by a tree in the backyard of their home in Richardson, Texas at 3 a.m. on Saturday as punishment for not drinking the milk.

Mathews said when he returned 15 minutes later, the little girl was gone.

However, her parents did not report her missing until 8 a.m., police said. Richardson Police Sgt. Kevin Perlich told KTVT investigators are trying to determine why the parents called 911 several hours later.

"Well, that's the same question we had for the parents is that a lot of time elapsed before we were actually contacted, and why was there such a lapse in time?" Perlich said.

Police later arrested Mathews, who claimed to be the last person who saw the 3-year-old. He is charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

Investigators questioned the mother separately, but she is not currently facing any charges.

Neighbors and church members who arrived after an Amber Alert was issued on Saturday told KTVT little Sherin was adopted from India.

Police said  the 3-year-old also suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call police at 972-744-4800.

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