We have grown up to, scolding and being punished for various things we committed and looking back, we think yes it may have made a difference in our lives and if not being taught and scolded we would probably turn out to be brats. Then again,there are certain limitations and rules behind being punished by our parents and a little mistake on their part could probably tarnish the child’s entire life.
Shirin Mathews, age three, an NRI girl from Texas was reported to have gone missing. On inquiry it was found that her adoptive father, Westley Mathews, reportedly from Kerala had punished the little girl for not drinking her milk and left her standing outside at night for the same.
After further investigation,it was reported that she was last seen outside of her home in Richardson, just outside North of Dallas at around 3 am. It was a Saturday, and she was wearing a pink top with black pajamas.
The Richardson police department published a report saying that the young child had a developmental issue and limited verbal skills.
The post read:
“We are currently looking for a 3-year-old child. Sherin Mathews was last seen by her father outside the family’s backyard in the 900 blk. of Sunningdale. She is approximately 36″ tall and weighs about 22 pounds. She suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills. She was last seen wearing a pink top, black pajama bottoms and pink flip flops. If anyone has any information on her whereabouts, they are asked to contact us at 972-744-4800.”
Sherin, who was born in India was the adopted daughter of Mathews.
On questioning, the man told the police that he had asked her to stand by a tree near an alley as punishment. On returning to check on her after fifteen minutes, she was found missing yet he waited to inform the police 5 hours later, at 3 Am.
The questions asked by the were “why did the father wait 5 hours before reporting? that’s the question we all want answered. As far as as why she was out there, how long she was out there, that’s the question we have for the parents.”
Mathews, 37 year old was arrested by the police on charges of abandoning and endangering the life of a child, though was released on $ 250,000 bond until further notice. In an affidavit, Wesley informed that he knew that coyotes were often spotted at the place where he had left her and most importantly they lived near railroad tracks.
The Amber alert for the case was discontinued because of lack of leads.
The question still remains open for all. How far is too far? Was a young girl of merely 3 years of age so much at fault that her life had to be endangered? Punishment and life endangerment is not all the same.Our prayers are with the girl, hoping she might come back safe and sound.