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Grandfather wants custody of Perrywinkle girls

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Updated: 8/20/2013 8:31 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- In the custody battle for Cherish Perrywinkle's younger sisters, her parents aren't the only ones seeking to take them home. So is their paternal grandfather, Tom Pearson.

"I just want them to have a good safe place while this is going on. I care about my babies," he said.

Pearson says he wants what's best for his grandaughters, 5-year-old Destiny and 4-year-old Nevaeh and he says that's moving in with him. He says he owns his own business and DCF just inspected his home near Lake City on Tuesday morning.

"I have a room all decorated for them in pink," he said excitedly.

But that's up to the court and the court is still holding hearings with Pearson's son Aharon and with the girls' mother Rayne Perrywinkle to see if they can be placed with them first.

Pearson says the girls have suffered enough and he doesn't want to separate them from their parents. Moving in with him would be temporary.

"I'm not out to take anyone's kids away. I just want what's best for the girls right now," he said.
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