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Cherish's mother calls for stricter sex offender laws

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Updated: 9/04/2013 6:32 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of an 8-year-old girl who was murdered after being abducted at a Wal-Mart is pleading with lawmakers to toughen sex offender laws.

Rayne Perrywinkle angrily spoke Wednesday at a legislative hearing on sex offender laws. She said if nothing is done now, more children like her daughter Cherish will be killed.

Republican Rep. Janet Adkins of Fernandina Beach called for the hearing as a response to the murder. Registered sex offender Donald James Smith is charged with the girl's murder.

About 20 people participated in the hearing before a packed room at Jacksonville City Hall.

Among the suggestions were life sentences for child rapists and conducting risks assessments in all sex offense cases before sentencing.

[Special coverage: Remembering Cherish]

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lisastenson378 - 9/7/2013 11:03 AM
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just before I looked at the bank draft four $6718, I did not believe father in law woz like actualy earning money part-time on-line.. there best friend had bean doing this for less than ten months and just now paid for the loans on their house and bourt themselves a Toyota. try this out ..... w­w­w.D­A­Y­3­5.C­o­m

RetiredJSO - 9/5/2013 7:26 AM
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Seems to me, she is blaming the system, when she bears a lot of the responsibility for her daughters death. She allowed this individual to get into a position where he could do what he did. If she had not, her daughter might still be alive today.

wishmistress - 9/5/2013 3:13 AM
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If ignorance and stupidity were against the law, there would nobody on the 'outside'. It's time to stop blaming this woman for her mistakes and hope she has learned her lesson. How many of you can begin to imagine the pain of losing your child like that, only to live with the 'what ifs' daily and for the rest of your lives?

Ginsunstan - 9/5/2013 1:24 AM
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Maybe not all women should be allowed to have children. She blames the system I blame her, she allowed her child to go with a stranger. This women needs to taken responsibility for her actions, they should tattoo on her forehead child abuser.

taylor tot - 9/4/2013 9:46 PM
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my god Rayne just loves being in the news
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