Girl adopted from Nalanda missing in US: ‘Saraswati would eat whatever was given to her’

Sherin Mathews — Saraswati’s name after her adoption on June 23, 2016 — had gone missing from her home in Richardson, Texas.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: October 16, 2017 5:51 am
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Authorities at the NGO in Bihar’s Nalanda, where three-year-old Saraswati stayed before she was adopted by a US-based couple more than a year ago, recall that the girl was not stubborn and drank her morning milk with the other children without any fuss.

The Washington Post reported on October 14 that Sherin Mathews — Saraswati’s name after her adoption on June 23, 2016 — had gone missing from her home in Richardson, Texas. According to the report, Sherin’s father Wesley Mathews told police he’d sent his daughter — in her pajamas at 3 am on Oct. 7 — to stand alone beneath a tree across an alley from their home as “punishment for refusing to drink milk”. When her father went to the spot after sometime, the girl was not there, the report stated, adding that search is on for the missing child.

Babita Kumari, secretary of Mother Teresa Anant Seva Sansthan, the now-defunct NGO where Saraswati lived, said Wesley and his wife Sini have their roots in Kerala. “Saraswati was less than two-years-old when she was adopted. Though the couple could have adopted a child from anywhere in India, they showed preference for Bihar. Saraswati lived with us for about a year after she was rescued from Gaya where she was probably abandoned by her parents,” she said.

Asked if Saraswati was stubborn in refusing to drink milk, Babita Kumari said: “As a small NGO, we could provide milk to only 50-odd children in the morning. After all children would line up, we would offer them milk and they drank it without any fuss. Saraswati would also eat whatever was given to her. We are shocked to learn that she has gone missing”.

Babita said that the US-based couple adopted Saraswati as they wanted a sibling for their daughter, a year older than Saraswati. “We will pray that the girl is recovered soon”, said Babita.

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  1. R
    Oct 17, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    I am in the US. I live near where this happened. A lot of us believe that at very least the father knows what happened. The latest news is. One of their vehicles left their house between 4am and 5am. He called the police at 8am to report the child missing. He said he put her outside at 3am. Both parents have stopped talking to the police and have hired attorneys. They are not saying anything to the public. I assure this is not a hoax. We all want answer as to were little Sherin is.
    1. Hari Prasad
      Oct 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm
      COP should arrest for endangering child without bail, but how come they let out wessy on bail?. I suspect COP not doing there duty and attory is also supporting wessy. Some fishy is going on internal.
      1. S
        Oct 16, 2017 at 10:27 am
        Severe punishment should be given to Shrine Mathew for mistreating a child.
        1. S
          Oct 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm
          Little girls name is shrine Mathews .read before u post something
        2. S
          Oct 16, 2017 at 10:22 am
          Severe punishment should be given to Shrin Mathew for mistreating a child.
          1. A
            Oct 16, 2017 at 8:05 am
            I believe this story is a Hoax.
            1. A
              Oct 16, 2017 at 9:41 am
              No it's not. Hope it was a hoax. I am following this story since the day Sherin went missing and I just hope that she is safe. But each day as the events are unfolding I have started loosing hope. I just hope I am wrong and Sherin is healthy and is found soon.
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