Police: Video may provide leads in search for missing Texas toddler

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RICHARDSON, Texas (KWTX) Police are looking for surveillance video that may show an SUV that left the home of a missing Richardson toddler hours before the girl's disappearance was reported.

Sherin Matthews. (Police photo)

Sherin Mathews, 3, was last seen at around 3 a.m. Saturday when, according to an arrest affidavit, her father, Wesley Matthews, 37, forced her to stand next to a tree in an alley behind the house as punishment for not drinking her milk.

When he went outside about 15 minutes later, the girl was gone, the affidavit said.

He waited about five hours before he reported the toddler missing, authorities say.

Mathews said he decided to wait until dawn to search further and passed the time by doing laundry.

He didn’t report that the girl was missing until around 8 a.m. Saturday.

But police have determined that Mathews’ 2013 Acura MDX SUV was gone from the family’s home between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday.

“We are asking for residents and business owners within an area where this vehicle could have traveled within that hour to review and preserve any video possibly containing this vehicle, police said.

Richardson investigators and members of the FBI’s Evidence Recovery Team conducted an extensive search of the family’s home that started Tuesday and continued into the early morning hours Wednesday.

They didn’t say what, if anything, the search produced, calling the effort “a part of the natural progression of the investigation.

Mathews has been charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

He posted $250,000 bond and was released from jail on Sunday.

As a condition of his release, he was ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

An Amber Alert for the toddler was issued Saturday, but was discontinued Monday afternoon, because authorities had neither a suspect nor a vehicle description.

The girl is Asian or Pacific with black hair and brown eyes.

She is 3-feet tall and weighs 22 pounds.

She was last seen wearing a pink top and black pajama bottoms.

"She suffers from developmental issues and has limited verbal communication skills," police said in a Facebook post.