Texas girl, 3, missing after late-night punishment

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Richardson Police DepartmentTexasPolice 3-Year-Old Girl Missing After Being Forced to Stand Outside at 3

The father let the daughter out as punishment for denying to finish her milk in the night.

Police said Mathew put the toddler outside around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, and told her to stand next to a large tree across from the alley.

We are now looking for a 3-year-old child. Sherin Mathews, adopted two years ago by Wesley Mathews at an orphanage in India, has not been seen since around 3 AM on Saturday morning, NBC reported.

Sherin Mathews has been missing since Saturday and her father, 37-year-old Wesley Mathews, has been arrested in connection with her disappearance, a Richardson Police Department spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE.

Police told The Associated Press that she suffers from a developmental disability and has difficulty communicating. Police discontinued the alert on Monday due to the lack of new information regarding her whereabouts.

The Child Protective Services took custody of her four-year-old sister from the family hailing from Kerala.

The father did not notify the police that his daughter was missing until about five hours later, police said, adding that the delay in reporting the matter "is certainly concerning to us".

Mathews was arrested on child endangerment charges and has been released on bond. He told cops that he searched the area near his home but couldn't find her. RPD investigators are actively working with several outside law enforcement agencies and specialized groups, including The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Search One - Rescue Team, the F.B.I., U.S. Marshals, The Texas Department of Public Safety and various local police departments.

Mathews at one point told investigators that coyotes have been seen in the alley, but investigators say there's no indication that one might have dragged the girl away.

Wesley Mathews reportedly did a load of laundry before he called 911 to report his daughter missing.

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