I want to know through which agency/agent did the family adopt Sherin? Was it a US-legal adoption with all regulations followed? Or was this more a case of taking in a child of a friend/relative? Or was this a black-market adoption (is that actually a thing, or just something I saw on Law and Order?)
Also. I know in some families, if one parent takes medication for sleep, the other parent takes on 'the night shift' so to speak. And to me, it kinda seems like Mum has woken up at the regular time, and cannot find Sherin, and her husband tells her the punishment story. I don't know what actually happened to Sherin. But the story Dad has told, to me it sounds like something he's made up to tell his wife, who has then frantically called police, and Dad has had to stick to his stupid story. I hope I'm explaining my thoughts well enough. Does the dad, for example, maybe use alcohol or drugs and perhaps after whatever happened, he's done some laundry but still he hadn't quite gotten his story sorted out about what actually happened, when his wife woke up..... so he trotted out this load of bollocks about punishing her for not drinking her milk. Mum's immediately called the police and Dad is like ohhh crap now I have to stick with it.
Of course this is MOO
I'd say this was a regulation followed type adoption. Just based on the fact it hasn't been stated otherwise. I'm sure there would be some documentation that LE would have come across.
Also, your theory about Mom works. I mean, she hasn't been charged with anything and it seems plausible that 8am would be the time she would wake up (it was saturday so no school etc) and the police were only called because of Mom. I want to know what the relationship with Mom and Dad is like now. Is she still talking with him? Are they in the house together? Or is Mom just trying to fight, alone, for her bio child and she knows there is nothing she can do for Sherin now. I want this to be the case. There is no hope with Dad anymore. I want Mom to be innocent for the remaining bio child. If the only reason she has stopped cooperating with LE is because cps took her child, she needs to put Sherin at equal measure and work with LE to get her found.