3-year old missing after being left outside overnight as punishment for not drinking her milk

3-year-old Sherin Mathews. (Richardson Police Department)

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) A 3-year-old Texas girl is missing after her father made her stand outside in the middle of the night as punishment for not drinking her milk.

An arrest affidavit reveals that 37-year-old Wesley Mathews ordered Sherin Mathews to stand next to a tree near their home in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about 3 a.m. Saturday. He went outside about 15 minutes later to check on her, but Sherin was gone.

Investigators say the tree is close to an alley. In documents Wesley told police "he knew coyotes had been seen in the alley where he left his daughter."
Authorities say the father didn't notify police that his daughter was missing until about five hours later. The father was arrested on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child. He posted bond Sunday.

Police resumed their search for the girl on Monday, however the Amber Alert has been discontinued. The girl has developmental issues and limited verbal communication skills, police said.

The couple's 4-year old daughter was removed from the home and placed in foster care. Anybody with information about her whereabouts should contact Richardson police.