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Custody hearing will decide future of Cherish Perrywinkle's sisters

Cherish's sister Destiny (left), Navaya (right) with best friend, Jolee (center).
Cherish Perrywinkle's sister Destiny (left), Nevaeh (right) with best friend, Jolee (center).
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Updated: 11/19/2013 8:12 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- They are two of the last people to see the cherubic face of Cherish Perrywinkle. Her two younger half sisters, 6-year-old Destiny and 4-year-old Nevaeh watched Cherish disappear with a convicted sex offender.

"For what they've been through, they're doing well," said the girls' attorney, Patricia Parker.

They didn't just lose a sister. Within days of Cherish's death, the girls were whisked away into protective custody. That's a lot for two little girls.

"I try to listen to what they tell me which of course they're young so they tell me things in a round about way so I try to listen and I've gotten to know them so I see what they want and then present that to the court as well," said Parker.

More than 100 days later, Parker said the girls are doing well, in both school and with the foster family.

"They just really want to be little kids they want to do the same things other little kids do they love to play with dolls they love to play dress up those are the things that I see," she said.

By phone, their grandfather Thomas Pearson told Action News he wants the girls back with the family. Several family members are willing, but a judge has to decide what's in the little girls' best interest.

The girls' mother Rayne Perrywinkle is expected to appear in court to discuss custody on Thursday.
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whosaysnocan - 11/20/2013 7:55 AM
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My prayer is these little ones are place with a family that will protect them, nurture them, teach them and love them. From the beginning of this entire event, it has been quite obvious that the mother of these girls was inadequate in their care. From personal experiences, life lessons, observation, these girls were in an unhealthy situation/lifestyle with their mother & their father. Praying that the courts rule strictly in the best interest of them to provide them the stability them deserve to grow into productive citizens. Do not see this happening if the mother gained custody of them, Not sure about their grandfather who is also wanting to raise them. After all did he not raise their father? I know that sometimes the grandparents can be a good environment for children born to people like these kids were, but yet there is a nagging sense that it may not be the best for them. Looking forward to seeing what the court do for these precious little girls. They deserve the best life can offer them.
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