8 Year Old Charish Lilly Perriwinkle Missing Since 6/21/13 in Jacksonville, FL … Abducted By Sex Offender Donald James Smith (Update: Girls Body Found at Church, Suspect Arrested)
An Amber Alert has been issued for 8 year old Charish Lilly Perriwinkle who has been missing since Friday night, June 21, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. Charish Lilly Perriwinkle is believed to have been abducted from a Walmart by a sex offender in Jacksonville, FL Friday night by 56 year old sex offender Donald James Smith. The police were contacted around 11 P.M. Friday night by the mother of Charish Lilly Perriwinkle at the Wal-Mart on 12100 Lem Turner Road regarding her missing daughter. First Coast reported, Sergeant Lonnie Mills of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the child was taken by a man who had befriended the mother at the store and said he was taking the girl to the store’s McDonald’s outlet for a snack. HUH? Oh dear God, who does this in this day and age? Seriously folks, how in the hell do you allow yourself to be befriended by a total stranger and allow your 8 year old little girl to go off like this? What on earth was this mother thinking?
Charish Lilly Perriwinkle description: 4′ 3″-tall, 60-pound, white girl with hazel eyes and brown hair. She was wearing an orange sleeveless dress, a pink bandanna and purple flip-flops when she vanished from the Walmart off Lem Turner Road in Jacksonville, FL.
The mother of Charish Lilly Perriwinkle contacted cops at around 11 p.m., First Coast News reported. She told them she and her daughter were at the Walmart when a man befriended them, then disappeared with the little girl after saying he was going to take her to the store’s McDonald’s for a snack.
Police believe the kidnapper is 56-year-old sex offender Donald James Smith, who has previously served time for attempted kidnapping and lewd and lascivious assault on children, Jacksonville.com reported.
Anyone with information about the case should call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at (904) 630-0500, the FDLE at 1-888-356-4774, or 911.
UPDATE I: The body of 8 year old Charish Lilly Perriwinkle found deceased at Highlands Baptist Church Saturday morning. Sex offender Donald James Smith has been taken into custody after officers surrounded a white van on southbound I-95 near the I-10 split. Donald James Smith is a registered sexual offender and was recently released from jail on May 31, 2013. Well that didn’t take long for this predator to escalate his depravity from attempted kidnapping and lewd and lascivious assault on children to kidnapping, probably rape and murder of a child. Smith has several previous arrests involving lewd behavior with children and has a registered address of 2495 Segovia Avenue.
WHEN ARE WE EVER GOING TO UNDERSTAND THAT THESE PREDATORS CANNOT CHANGE AND THEY ONLY ESCALATE THEIR DEPRAVITY TO THE EVENTUAL END … MURDER OF A PRECIOUS CHILD?
UPDATE II: From CNN, the unbelievable accounts that lead to the abduction of and murder of 8 year old Charish Lilly Perriwinkle. Personally, I am at a loss as to how any mother could allow their child to walk off with a complete stranger. I do not care what they bought you and were going to buy.
After the investigation revealed that the girl had been abducted, an Amber Alert was activated, Hartley said. He identified Smith, “a man with a very extensive criminal history” that included a kidnapping conviction, as a suspect.
Williams said the girl’s mother first met Smith on Friday night at a local Dollar General store, where he offered to take the family to Walmart to buy them some clothes.
“After being inside the store for a couple hours, the man then offered to buy some hamburgers,” Williams told reporters. “As he walked to the front of the store, he took our 8-year-old victim with him. They walked to the front of the Walmart toward the McDonald’s. They did not stop at the McDonald’s. They walked outside, got in his van and left the location.”