I never thought my return to blogging would be written with such a heavy heart.
On Friday, October 7th I was forwarded a picture of little Sherin Mathews saying MISSING. This sweet girl was the adopted daughter of a couple I knew vaguely about 10 years ago. Here is a synopsis of how this story unraveled according to what the father told the police and what the media has reported.
The baby was last seen by the father at 3 AM in the morning.He said that she would not drink her milk so he punished her to stand by a tree outside their fenced yard (about 100 ft out). After about 15 minutes he went back out and did not find her. He then looked for her and since he did not find her, went back inside and did some laundry and thought he would wait until the morning. Five hours later they called the police. The wife was sleeping throughout all this and had no clue Sherin was missing until the morning.
The above is all what was reported in the news. On Saturday night the father was arrested on a child endangerment charge and then released on bail Sunday night. After Saturday, both the parents hired separate attorneys and were not cooperating with the police.
I could not understand and still cannot figure out why the parents were not out there searching for their daughter. There wasn’t any press conferences or any type of plead in front of the TV for their daughters return. I just could not wrap my head around what was happening. I became consumed with reading the latest about Sherin Mathews. Before sleeping I would check the phone to see if there was any update. I would wake up and first thing I would check is to see if Sherin was found. Throughout the day I would sit and wait for AM in Texas and then start searching different newscaster Facebook page, twitter handle, googling Sherin for latest news, etc. I wasn’t able to focus because all I could think of was this sweet 3 year old walking the streets by herself.. was she kidnapped? Did something happen to her at home and her body has been hidden? Did the coyotes take her, I just could not bare thinking of all the negatives. So I prayed, and prayed.. the days went by and hope of her being alive went away. I prayed for God to shed light and show her body wherever it be.
Today – Sunday October 22 at 2 PM the police stated that a little girl fitting the description of Sherin Mathews was found nearby her home inside a culvert. I had to google what a culvert was (click here for picture). This just broke my heart!
I still cannot wrap my head around the fact that an innocent child was punished at 3 AM for not drinking milk. All sorts of questions are going through my head regarding this… If you were to punish a child, then why not a timeout in her room or against a wall but INSIDE the home? Why 100 feet away from the house? As a grown adult I wouldn’t leave my home in the middle of the night without any reason..much-less ask a baby! I don’t know if this story of the punishment is true or if something else happened and the parents are covering up. These thoughts of a punishment gone wrong vs a guilty family is going back and forth in my head… I am praying now that justice for Sherin is found.
Sherin was found in the bushes as a baby and raised in the orphanage until she was adopted by the family. A year after that she was found inside a culvert. It’s not fair that a sweet innocent child had to go through so much in her life. I am a person who believes in internal life and I do believe that she is with Jesus. Sitting at His knee understanding what is real true love. She will never face pain or heartbreak again! This is the only thought that is helping me to move forward.
In the days moving forward, I hope the police and FBI are able to piece through the puzzle and figure out what exactly happened and justice for Sherin will be found! Her sweet smile and videos have impacted many globally, and brought together people regardless of color or religion . I was happy to see everyone rally together to be the voice for Sherin Mathews. She lived only three short years in this world, but maybe her purpose was to bring people together.
Here are some links to local news channels if you would like to read more: