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State takes away children from mother of Cherish Perrywinkle

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Updated: 7/11/2013 7:39 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The state has removed Cherish Perrywinkle's sisters from the care of their mother, Rayne.

DCF spokesman John Harrell told Action News DCF's "first concern is to ensure the safety of those children." He also stated the move is not to punish the mother or the family, but to help them.  " ... The services we provide will hopefully help in that regard."

Action News reached out to a source close to the family who tells us the girls are staying with a family friend.

[Special coverage: Remembering Cherish]

Police say a sex offender killed Cherish Perrywinkle after abducting her from a Walmart on Lem Turner Road in June.

Donald Smith now faces murder charges in her death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

[Related story: Online petition for Cherish Law reaches 1,200 signatures]
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nativejax - 7/11/2013 12:55 PM
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I agree, these children are evidently too much for this mom to raise. I am sure Cherish's Dad is so sick at heart knowing the State of Florida actually helped caused all this sadness. One- By not letting him have custody when he tried so hard to get her. Two- By releasing these same predators and pedophyles out of prison over and over again to prey on the children of FL.

Touche - 7/11/2013 12:47 PM
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What I don't get is why is Rayne not been brought up on charges of child endangerment and not behind bars herself. I believe all of this is an actor her part to put total blame on Smith. He is a pervert of which I don' believe there is a cure just as our mental ill patients that for many are walking time bombs---they slip through our judicial cracks. However she was the one that put her children in such danger. She didn't know him but accepted the ride and whatever else he offered her...even worse he could have been a serial killer.Our children look to us as adults/parents atleast until they can make their own decisions. I hope she is brought up on charges. The state would do the children justice to keep them and put them up for adoption to good stable homes. Because they will not get it with this family. Hmm maybe Cherish father should get a lawyer and file neglect and endangerment against her

whosaysnocan - 7/11/2013 6:26 AM
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This is answer to prayer for these little girls. Praying for whomever is caring for them to provide them with stability, compassion and deep concern for their well fare.

flblondie - 7/10/2013 11:02 PM
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responding to tlynn..my posting was in respond to the earlier comments here..many posters expressed that they did know much about this story and I was bringing those folks on this blog up to speed with some details..please read the earlier comments here to understand...

tlynn - 7/10/2013 10:32 PM
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@flblondie…DUH!!! Did you not read the posts??? We all know that! You are blonde aren't you!?!?!?!

flblondie - 7/10/2013 10:28 PM
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if you had followed this sad story then you would be aware the biological father of Cherish lived in California, he ad initially tried to get full custody of Cherish with the Florida courts but Fl gave the mother full custody..The father of the other two children live with the mother of Cherish...he has long hair which he wears in a pony tail and claims to be the fiance of Cherish's mother...He was most visible in the recent news representing the family of Cherish and did most of the talking to the press when Cherish was murdered by the pedophile..

tlynn - 7/10/2013 10:18 PM
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I still say, there are those out there, in our midst, that should not have children!

tlynn - 7/10/2013 10:17 PM
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Good question, Realchange… Maybe this has something to do with why DCF is finally stepping in!

Realchange - 7/10/2013 9:16 PM
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If there is fiancé ? Where the hell was he during all this going on? Why did he not step up to the plate and protect the kids from that monster?

Harley Mom - 7/10/2013 5:16 PM
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Sadly saw this coming. Mother needs help in dealing with all of this. True making a safe home for the children she has is more important than anything else now and in the future.
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