According to the Richardson Police Department, the adoptive parents of 3-year-old missing Sherin Mathew are being uncooperative during the investigation of the case.
According to a Dallas News report, Sherin was last seen about 3 a.m. outside her family's Richardson backyard as her father, Wesley Mathews, was punishing her for not drinking her milk.
"Sherin did have a medical condition, and they have worked to get it under control", Starr, the lawyer, told CBS.
According to Mathews, his wife, Sini, slept through everything that happened through the early morning hours on Saturday, while her daughter was forced to stay outside as punishment. However, the alert was discontinued on Monday afternoon due to the lack of necessary information.
A three-year-old Indian girl with developmental issues has been missing in the USA state of Texas after her foster father allegedly told her to stand outside alone late in the night as punishment for not finishing her milk, media reports said. If Wesley's statement to the police is to be believed, the vehicle from the Mathews' household was absent from the house, just minutes after Sherin went missing.
However, police weren't informed of Sherin's disappearance until about five hours later at 8 a.m.
"As far as why she was out there, how long she was out there, that's the questions we have for the parents", he added. While the adoptive mother of the toddler has not opened up about missing girl.
"So part of the feeding thing was to build some mass and put some weight on her so it wasn't uncommon for her to have to be fed on a consistent schedule or as frequently as they could", Sgt. Perlich said.
The 4-year-old daughter has also been removed from couple's home by the Child Protective Services.
Meanwhile, as police continue their search for the girl they are now zeroing in on the family SUV.
Police said the little girl also has disabilities that make it hard for her to communicate. Police subsequently arrested Mathews and charged him with "abandoning or endangering a child".
Sherin is described as 3-feet tall and 22 pounds with black hair.
The missing child had developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills when compared to a typical 3-year-old in the US, Sergeant Perlich added.
Police are calling on anyone in the area who has home surveillance video to review their cameras, see if an SUV is on the tape, and turn the footage over to Richardson investigators.
As times ticks on, the people committed to this search say they're going to keep looking for Sherin regardless of whether the family comes out to help.