BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- When Stephanie Thornton heard Donald Smith's name mentioned in connection with the kidnapping of Cherish Perrywinkle, 8, she was outraged.
As far as she knew Smith was still in jail for attempting to kidnap her daughter, Christina, in 2009.
"It's hard knowing it could've happened to my daughter and that these parents have to go through this with their daughter," said Stephanie Thornton, mother.
According to Thornton, Smith pretended to be an employee with the Department of Children and Families when he called her claiming someone had raped her daughter and asked to speak with her.
"He contacted her grandmother and told her that she needed to meet him at McDonald's to pick her up to take her to be checked," said Thornton.
Thornton alerted police and Smith was eventually arrested. She does not understand why he was free to begin with.
"Now it's happened to somebody else's child it's not fair he should've been locked up," said Thornton.
A now 13 year-old Christina is still shaken up after learning Smith's latest victim has died. Thornton says after the incident they moved out of Jacksonville to a remote area of Baker County hoping to move on.
She now hopes something will be done to prevent this from happening again.
"He needs to be electrocuted he should never be able to get back out, never," said Thornton.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating why Smith's former victims were not told he was released from jail.