Police: Body found amid search for toddler allegedly left outside for not drinking milk

RICHARDSON, Texas — Police in Richardson, Texas said Sunday, October 22nd a body has been recovered amid a search for a missing three-year-old girl. Officials are awaiting confirmation from the FBI as to the identity of the body.

Sherin Mathews has been missing since October 7th.

Wesley Mathews (Courtesy Richardson Police)

Police say her father, Wesley, told them he punished Sherin for not finishing her milk and had her stand by a tree outside their fence at three in the morning.

He says 15 minutes later, she was gone, but the community hasn’t forgotten and new signs appear daily — just like they did a few years ago when 23-year-old Christina Morris went missing in Plano.

“The sign from last night,” said Jennifer, who asked that her last name not be used. “I personally think that it’s great. People should be able to express how they’re feeling and the frustration because all this just does make sense.”

She runs one of the Facebook pages dedicated to finding Sherin.

“It’s a little overwhelming, so many mixed emotions to be honest, so much concern in so many areas,” she said.

She said two direct messages from members of the Mathews church, Emmanuel Bible Chapel, had very different messages.

“I’m unable to reveal details of that conversation,” says Jennifer, “but it was pretty clear that basically, what’s done is don. We need to focus on ‘this,’ which doesn’t really make sense to me.”

And the other:

“There are friends of the family that are trying to encourage them to come out and tell the truth,” she said.

For Jennifer, this hits home.

“I’m a huge sex trafficking and child abuser advocate. I was abused myself when I was younger and this case really drew me to it because she was an orphan and was adopted, and I feel like she was victimized twice,” she said.

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