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Perrywinkle: 'I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy'

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Updated: 9/20/2013 6:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office admits it made mistakes during the Cherish Perrywinkle investigation.

Police said 8-year-old Cherish was kidnapped from a Northside Walmart and killed by a registered sex offender.

A JSO internal investigation shows the mistakes started as soon as Cherish's mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, called 911 the night of June 21. She reported her daughter had been kidnapped.

"I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy," she said.

She said she told the dispatcher she was afraid her daughter would be raped and killed.

In documents obtained by Action News, the dispatcher said she didn't believe her. Officer P.L. Robinson said the call "didn't seem real."

"When someone calls 911, that their child is missing, I want immediate action," Perrywinkle said.

The documents show Officer Robinson issued the signal for a missing person, not a kidnapping, which would have warranted more police attention.

When asked why she didn't include the fact that the mother feared her child would die, Officer Robinson said she couldn't give a reason.

"No, I just felt like she needed to talk, so I let her talk," she said.

"They don't trust people," said family friend Bruce Conway. "They don't believe the people. They're too busy. They don't have enough police officers."

Conway said he and his wife knew immediately JSO wasn't doing all it could to find Cherish. They noticed a delay in news coverage. Cherish had been missing for hours before they saw it on TV.

"If my child is missing, I don't care whether it's right, wrong, indifferent, I want you to put this on the news," Conway said.

JSO is now admitting its officers made mistakes. A total of six officers have been disciplined.  The 911 dispatcher was suspended for three days.

Two high-ranking detectives were also disciplined -- Sgt. Lonnie Mills and Lt. Rob Schoonover -- were also disciplined.  Both are veterans of JSO with decades of experience. Their mistakes boiled down to communication and doubt.

The report said Mills was in charge that night.  The report said Mills and other investigators doubted Rayne Perrywinkle's story and that she acted strangely.

They worried she could be in a custody battle and was trying to hide Cherish because the little girl was set to go visit her father in California the following day.

Still, Mills knew a child was missing and something had to be done. He called his superior, Lt. Schoonover, who had just returned from vacation.

The report details phone calls that were made between Schoonover and Mills. But it also says Schoonover went back to sleep, leaving Mills to manage the scene alone.

As a result, they were late deploying resources, late issuing an Amber Alert, and late notifying the media.

Now, a mother has the rest of her life to wonder what if they had done something sooner.

"If they would have done their job in the beginning and not blamed me for it, and do the proper steps, Cherish would still be here," said Perrywinkle.

Schoonover was suspended for three days, and was moved off the homicide unit to the patrol unit. JSO says that's a lateral move, not a demotion.

Mills was reprimanded, and also moved off homicide to patrol.
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geraldine - 12/11/2013 2:41 PM
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my buddy's ex-wife makes $66 hourly on the internet. She has been without work for 5 months but last month her check was $13438 just working on the internet for a few hours. linked here..... www.jobs74.com

MadameX - 12/3/2013 9:39 PM
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Just for the record. I saw this woman not too long ago, and she was "stoned" out of her mind. If it wasn't her, she definitely has a "twin". She should be charged with child abuse/neglect and has no business with children. Can't help but wonder if crack or meth might be her top priority instead of her children.

bulldogger - 11/28/2013 8:05 AM
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Ms.Perriwinkle, I am so sorry your daughter was given into the hands of this evil man.I am so sorry for the suffering she endured before being thrown out like a piece of trash.In short I am so sorry for cherish. But Ms. Perriwinkle, you put all those baby girls in danger in the first place. You took them out at night, you picked up a strange man in a store,you put them in his van,and YOU ALONE let him take cherish into a dressing room to try on clothes. And then on the promise of a few burgers, you let him walk away with that child. Even then you did not tell the police the truth, but a made up story. No Ms. Perriwinkle it was NOT the police, IT WAS YOU. I know this is a hard thing to face dear, but you can not run around forever blaming everyone. The state has removed the 2 girls that you did not get murdered. Thank god. Please do the right thing, let someone else give them a stable, loving home to grow up in.If you love them at all, let them go.

Truthseeker - 10/28/2013 3:21 PM
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Time for some new news...

proudmom77 - 10/28/2013 2:28 PM
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The police would not have had to do their jobs at all if Rayne had done hers to begin with!!!! She is a disgrace to all the "REAL" mothers out here.

queenbee0833 - 10/22/2013 11:16 PM
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She shouldn't have trusted him in the first place or left him alone with her baby girl. The police don't have a missing persons case until 24 hours, and how is it a missing person if she allowed her child to stay with this man? How are the police at fault for something she allowed? I'm heartbroken for her, I don't believe she's a terrible mother or that she brought this on herself or any of these terrible things that yall are saying. She just wanted to trust someone who seemed to want to help her. It's sad but she can't blame others, this isn't the police fault.

mrtazz - 10/10/2013 10:06 PM
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Would not have happened if she had done her job as a parent

kerlieleigh - 10/6/2013 5:39 AM
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IT AMAZES ME THAT PEOPLE WOULD FEED INTO THIS OR THAT IT WOULD GET AIR TIME. Yes should dispatchers take callers more seriously sure but how in the world could a woman, who allowed her daughter to go off with a random stranger just to get some space from her daughter who was misbehaving because she did not want to move to her dads, mind you because the mother could not care for her, get on television and try to place the limelight and blame on anyone. Seriously what in the world have we come to these days. How about this don't let your children walk off to mcdonalds with random strangers you meet out at night. BE A PARENT, novel concept and yes we all make mistakes and being a parent is difficult at times and that's fine but don't dare try to let the poo roll down hill just to make your self feel better over a dumb decision you made because you don't want to take responsibility. MAN SERIOUSLY

greeneyes2014 - 9/25/2013 6:50 PM
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It's the mother's fault. she shouldn't of got in the van or let him take Cherish.Gotta use common sense creepy guy paying alot of Attention to a little girl.It's not the police officer's job to do that it's the parents job to protect your own kids and watch out for weird people.All she had to do was say no.Cherish would be alive if she would of used.common sense.

artab - 9/23/2013 8:51 AM
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The woman who borne Cherish (I will not call her a mother) should keep her mouth shut! She is responsible for the girl's death and should be charged with accomplice to commit murder. Child endangerment in the least. How dare she act like the injured party ! Had she protected her child rather than send her with a stranger Cherish would be alive today. I hope she never gets the other children back. If she does this system of child protection is in need of a make over!!!!!!!!
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