External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today expressed concern over a three-year-old Indian girl going missing in Texas in the US. Her father Wesley Mathews told police he'd sent his daughter - in her pyjamas at 3 a.m. on October 7 - to stand alone beneath a tree outside the home as "punishment for refusing to drink milk". "Indian Embassy in U.S.is actively involved and they keep me informed".
In the wake of Sherin's disappearance, Child Protective Services intervened to remove the Mathews' 4-year-old biological daughter from the home. "We have established the contact with the community and authorities", the Consul General of India in Houston, Anupam Ray tweeted.
Three-year-old Sherin Mathews was adopted from India by the Mathews family past year.
While police in Richardson city in the USA state of Texas are yet to make a breakthrough in the case, seized inventory lists show that Federal Bureau of Investigation detectives took DNA swabs, grass, debris and receipts from three vehicles that belong to the parents of the missing girl.
Authorities also say that the family's SUV disappeared for an hour the morning Sherin disappeared and they are asking any neighbors with surveillance video of the vehicle to come forward. Police say Mathews also claimed he did laundry before calling police to report her missing shortly after 8 a.m.
"It's unfair for that child, too", said Jessy Thomas, a Rowlett woman who drove into Richardson to see a display left from Sherin near her home. Investigators are still looking for possible footage of the Acura SUV leaving the home of Sherin, as they try to determine who was driving it.
Wesley Mathews has been charged with endangering or abandoning his daughter.
The Richardson police on Wednesday concentrated their efforts in fields and creeks near Richland College, which is less than 3 kms from Sherin's home.
Both parents have retained lawyers, despite the fact that Sini Mathews has not been accused of any wrongdoing.