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DCF led multiple investigations into Cherish family home

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Updated: 7/30/2013 12:15 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Newly released documents from the Department of Children & Families not only paint a new picture of the life of Cherish Perrywinkle, but raise questions about her home life and whether something could've been done earlier.

Cherish, 8, disappeared from a Lem Turner Walmart on June 21, 2013. Police found her body behind a church near her home the morning after.

A sex offender, Donald Smith, is in jail facing murder charges and potentially the death penalty in her kidnapping and killing.

[Special coverage: Remembering Cherish]

DCF released new records Monday from five separate investigations in the years prior to Cherish's death.

Cherish had been at the center of a bitter child custody battle between her mother Rayne Perrywinkle and her biological father Billy Jarreau, since 2007.

On Jan. 28, 2006, a day care center dropped Cherish off at a shelter to meet her mom. But Rayne Perrywinkle, according to the documents, was over "three hours late, and "there's no one at the shelter who can take responsibility for the child."

The protective investigator, Bruce Perry, wrote in the report about a history of Rayne not picking Cherish on time, but never this late. The behavior had happened about five to seven times with Rayne, who said repeatedly she didn't realize the time. Perry noted Rayne had two arrests for obscenity-phone/porn in January and August of 2003, but called for no intervention or placement away from her mother. The family was living in a shelter at the time.

On April 26, 2006, a DCF investigator said Rayne "shook Cherish up and down forcefully because she was crying." Cherish was not hurt, according to the DCF report.

The investigator said Cherish's behaviors were usual and that her mother sometimes had difficulties with the other shelter residents for minor housekeeping rules.

Like with the previous report, Perry called for no intervention or placement outside of the home.

On Feb. 8, 2009, DCF was called for another incident at Cherish's father's home. A DCF report said Cherish was spanked on her back by her father. The investigator, Regina Ashley-Hickson, noted a "concern that the father scares Cherish."

The DCF investigator found no evidence to support physical injury to Cherish. The girl also told investigators that her father spanked her because she locked her baby brother in a room.

The case was closed, however, the investigator did pass along information to Rayne about getting help with parenting and budgeting.

Another report details an incident at the home where Cherish's mother, while pregnant, threw a plate at her paramour in May 2009.

On May 21, 2009, DCF investigators noted Rayne Perrywinkle had given birth to a baby girl.

The report includes a supplemental report from January 2009 indicating Rayne tried to commit suicide by taking an overdose of Benadryl. She was taken to the hospital for a mental evaluation after the incident, according to DCF.

The fifth incident took place on May 6, 2012 when Cherish was 7. Her mother and her mother's boyfriend had an argument. Rayne suffered a bruise on her arm after being grabbed by her boyfriend, according to the DCF report. The boyfriend and a witness told DCF investigators he grabbed Rayne's arm only to catch his balance.

The protective investigator, JaQuambia Aneetra Roberts, wrote the children's needs were being met, the couple was seeking help, and therefore found no need for any placement outside the home. Based on the facts, the investigator said "the implication for child safety is low."

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john0tucker - 8/18/2013 2:49 PM
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Lucas. I can see what your saying... Charlotte`s story is flabbergasting, I just purchased Infiniti since getting a check for $8999 this past 5 weeks and-more than, 10 grand lass-month. it's certainly the most-comfortable job I've ever done. I began this nine months/ago and pretty much straight away got minimum $87, per/hr. I work through this website.... www.JAM10.COM

c9bcrewman - 8/1/2013 4:19 PM
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no excuse for her death. period.

nativejax - 7/30/2013 4:00 PM
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Yeah, something could have been done earlier..With these past reports and the FACT that the daddy was trying to get custody but the State of Florida wouldn't let him, CLEARLY says something more was going on than what was seen. The report where dad 'slapped' Cherish WAS not proven, possibly a lie, was THAT not 'enough' to further an CLOSER LOOK AT THE MOM? If he did in fact slap her, then DCFS would have taken more action... DCFS own words. Cherish would still be alive if he had gotten custody even if he did slap her...don't know about you, but I would rather be slapped than dead.

whosaysnocan - 7/29/2013 8:58 PM
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Certainly not a surprise about the behavior of this mother. Bad part of this is that the DCF investigator did not "find" enough according to the regulations to remove this child and the others from the dysfunctional "adults." Of course DCF "should" have acted sooner, so prayerfully the other 2 girls are not ever returned to this woman and that man. Chances are they will not do the hard work to be the parents these ones should have.
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