JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Tuesday's custody hearing was the first time we've seen Cherish Perrywinkle's mother, Rayne since she was Baker Acted, or taken in for a psychological evaluation over the weekend. Friends say she got into a fight with her estranged ex-fiancé Aharon Pearson.
Both parents have been barred from being with their two little girls. On Tuesday, the state requested reduced visitation for Cherish Perrywinkle's two younger sisters with both their parents. Instead of visitation three days a week for an hour and a half, the state filed a motion to have that changed to two days a week for only an hour.
"Normalcy is paramount for the kids so we want to make sure that when they're doing their visitation they're having a regular experience, a good experience with mom and dad," said Destiny and Neveah's attorney, Patricia Parker.
The state says the girls' father, Pearson, has only showed up for eight out of 12 visitation sessions and has an admitted drug problem.
"In certain occasions, I have had to use cocaine and pot and that's why I've enrolled myself in this program that I'm in now," he admitted in court.
Action News caught up with Pearson after he was forced to submit to a drug test Tuesday in court.
"They tested me four times in a row and the only thing in my system is what I've been prescribed by a doctor," Pearson insists.
He says he loves his daughters but won't be ready to take custody of them until his act is cleaned up.
"I still got to get an apartment. I still got to get more established. I'm not quite ready yet," he said.
As for the girls' mother Rayne, the state is concerned for her mental stability. But the children's attorney hopes she gets the help she needs.
"That's what the services are there for and that's what the department is legally charged with providing is service to try and reunify this family," said Parker.
Both parents are due back in court Friday for a hearing about their visitation.