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Body found, likely Texas girl, 3, sent outside as punishment: police

Body found, likely Texas girl, 3, sent outside as punishment: police
From Reuters - October 23, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The body of a toddler found in a culvert beneath a Texas road was likely that of a 3-year-old girl reported missing after her father said he punished her for not drinking her milk by making her stand alone outside at night, police said on Monday.

Police in Richardson, a suburb of Dallas, said the father, Wesley Mathews, 37, was arrested on a new charge of injury to a child, a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Mathews has already been charged for suspected child endangerment for the treatment of his daughter, Sherin, who went missing in about two weeks ago.

He was released on bond at that time and voluntarily surrendered to police on the new charge on Monday and is now being held in jail on a $1 million bond, said police.

The body was found on Sunday with the help of search dogs about a half mile from the familys house in Richardson.

It is most likely her, Richardson Police Sergeant Kevin Perlich said, referring to the missing child.

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