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Posted by Sandra On June - 22 - 2013

Cherish Perrywinkle was abducted from Walmart by Convicted Sex Offender

Cherish-Periwinkle---Donald-SmithJacksonville, Florida ~ Just over an hour after a 56-year-old sex offender seen leaving a Northside Walmart Friday night with an 8-year-old girl was arrested Saturday morning, police say the girl’s body was found at a Northside church.  Police say Donald Smith left the Walmart on Lem Turner Road with Cherish Perrywinkle.  He was taken into custody in a traffic stop about 9 a.m. Saturday on Interstate 95, but the girl was not with him. About 10:15 a.m., an emotional Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman announced the victim’s body was found at a church on Broward Road. “We located the body of Cherish Perrywinkle,” Officer Shannon Hartley said. “A very difficult time, obviously, for everyone involved.” READ MORE HERE

NOTE: Williams declined to answer reporters’ questions about how Cherish died or what Smith did in the hours between his disappearance with the girl and his arrest, saying that the investigation remains open.

 

INFO ON SMITH:

Smith has been a registered sex offender since a 1993 conviction in Duval County for attempted kidnapping and selling obscene materials. He has been arrested several times since then, most recently in 2009 on a charge of child abuse after making obscene phone calls to a 10-year-old girl, making verbal threats, and impersonating a social worker with the Florida Department of Children and Families who claimed to be investigating the girl’s family. Smith pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in that case and was released from jail May 31.

UPDATEDonald James Smith, sex offender denied bail after being accused of abducting, killing Florida girl










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