UPDATED: Tuesday, Oct. 24 9 A.M.:
A day after police found the body of a small child not far from Sherin Mathew‘s home in Richardson, Texas, the father of the missing 3-year-old has been charged in her disappearance, according to The Washington Post.
Wesley Mathews was charged Monday with injury to a child, first degree felony punishable by up to life in prison, and is being held on a $1 million bond, police said, the report said.
The charges came after Mathews changed his story, providing “an alternate statement of events” to detectives after the body of a small child was found outside Dallas, the report said.
Police did not provide details about the new details, but the father claimed earlier that his daughter disappeared after he banished her outside at 3 a.m. on October 7 for not drinking her milk. She reportedly vanished when he went to retrieve her about 15 minutes later.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
WATCH: Small Body Recovered In Search For Missing Texas 3-Year-Old Girl
In the nearly two weeks since a 3-year-old Richardson, Texas, girl went missing after her father sent her to stand outside at 3 a.m. as punishment for refusing to drink her milk, police investigators have searched endlessly for her.
On Sunday, police discovered the body of a small child while searching for Sherin Mathews, according to CNN, leading police to assume the worst about the fate of the little girl with the cute smile and pageboy haircut.
“Worst news finding child’s body,” Richardson, Texas Police Chief Jimmy Spivey wrote in a tweet.
Sherin’s father, Wesley Mathews, reportedly ordered her stand across an alley from their home for not drinking her milk.
He told investigators she was gone when he went to retrieve her about 15 minutes later. He waited five hours to contact police, and was arrested on child abandonment and endangerment charges the day the child went missing. He was released on bail.
As of Monday, he had not been charged with additional crimes, according to The Washington Post.
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