Rayne Perrywinkle wants custody of 2 daughters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The mother of an 8-year-old Jacksonville girl who was abducted and slain will return to court this week in an attempt to regain custody of her two other daughters.

In her first extensive interview in nearly a year, Rayne Perrywinkle told the Florida Times-Union that people point and take photos of her in public. She says the public blames her for her daughter, Cherish's, death.

Donald James Smith, 57, is accused of killing Cherish after befriending her mother at a Dollar General store last summer. Police say he took the Rayne Perrywinkle and her young children to a Wal-Mart store, where he offered to buy clothes and food. The girl disappeared after she went with Smith to a McDonald's inside the store.

Her body was found the next day.

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