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Child's body found during search for 3-year-old in Texas

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Posted at 6:04 PM, Oct 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-22 18:19:19-04

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) -- Police in a Dallas suburb say they've found the body of a small child not far from the home of a 3-year-old girl who's been missing since earlier this month.

Richardson police say the child's body was discovered in a culvert as authorities using dogs searched for Sherin Mathews on Sunday morning.

Her father, Wesley Mathews, has told authorities he ordered the child to stand next to a tree behind the fence at their home around 3 a.m. on Oct. 7 as punishment for not drinking her milk and she went missing. He is charged with child endangerment.

READ | Child goes missing after being forced to stand outside as punishment

Police say the body hasn't been positively identified but that they have no reason to believe it's a different child.

No details have been released on how the child died.

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