JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The mother of slain child, Cherish Perrywinkle, is in protective custody. Action News has confirmed Rayne Perrywinkle was taken into police custody over the weekend for an evaluation under the Baker Act.
According to an incident report obtained by Action News, officers were called to Rayne Perrywinkle's Jacksonville home on Sunday for a disturbance. Officers said Perrywinkle was throwing dishes and glasses in her kitchen; some hit her estranged boyfriend in the process.
Police are not charging Perrywinkle with a crime at this time. Her 8-year-old daughter, Cherish, was kidnapped and killed almost two months ago. Police have charged a convicted sex offender, Donald Smith, for taking the child from a Jacksonville Walmart and then dumping her body near a church the next day.
Rayne Perrywinkle's estranged boyfriend, Ahron Pearson, is scheduled to be in court this afternoon. He will have a custody hearing for the two young daughters, ages 4 and 5, he shares with Rayne.
Pearson and Perrywinkle are not the only ones fighting for custody. Pearson's father, the paternal grandfather to the younger girls, said he is financially stable enough to care for the children. They were removed from their family home last month after DCF determined Rayne Perrywinkle was not in the position to properly care for the children - citing grief.
As for Donald Smith, he is scheduled to be in court later this month. Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Smith for kidnapping and strangling Cherish in June.