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Donald James SmithJacksonville, FL – The body of Cherish Perrywinkle, the 8-year-old abducted from a Jacksonville Walmart, was discovered near a church in Jacksonville, Fla. Saturday morning. Donald James Smith, a registered sex offender recently released from prison, has been arrested and charged with her murder.

The girl’s mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, said she and her three children met Smith Friday evening at a dollar store. She says Smith overheard her saying she couldn’t afford to buy her daughter a dress, and offered to help her out using his wife’s Walmart gift card.

She said that at first she thought Smith was “creepy and annoying,” but seemed like he truly wanted to help her and her family. “Part of me wanted to believe this was a blessing for my children,” Perrywinkle said. She may have wanted to trust that initial gut instinct, as Smith is described as “a man with a very extensive criminal history.” He was previously convicted of attempted kidnapping and lewd and lascivious assault on children and just released from custody on May 31.

Cherish Perrywinkle

Cherish Perrywinkle

But for whatever reason, Perrywinkle got in Smith’s van with her children and headed to the Walmart. Once inside, Smith said they would have to wait for his wife to get there with the gift card. After waiting for a couple of hours, Smith said he was heading to the McDonald’s located inside the store. Initial reports stated Perrywinkle let Cherish accompany Smith to the McDonald’s, but she later told reporters that was not the case.

“He asked if I wanted anything and I heard Cherish say ‘cheeseburger.’ I thought she stayed near me. I didn’t realize she went with him. I didn’t let her go with him like people think,” Perrywinkle stated. Unfortunately, Smith did not take Cherish to the McDonald’s.

“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,” said Michael Williams, director of the sheriff’s investigations department.

Once Perrywinkle realized her daughter was missing, she notified police. An Amber Alert was issued, and police would track down Smith’s van driving on I-95 in Jacksonville at around 9 a.m. Saturday. Police have not said whether or not Smith led them to the Cherish’s body.

Donald Smith was charged Saturday with murder and kidnapping. On Sunday, a judge ordered him held without bail.

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/janet.velasquez.52 Janet Velasquez

    such negligence and then this sick SOB just waiting for his chance!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.parker.1829 Patrick Parker

    Gets out of prison and first thing he does is kills an 8 year old girl. Lowest scum of the earth

  • Evan

    mom is an idiot. worst happy meal ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/janine.joines Janine Joines

    I read in a different article that the mother allowed the little girl to go with him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ValkyreZiege Valkyrie Ziege

    ; Registering a sexual predator isn’t enough. The habit of ‘Catch-and-release’ of sexual predators has to stop. Time to put them in prison for life, as they will prove they’re a sexual predator every chance they get, a sexual predator is too stupid to stop being a predator, and will never magically turn into a human-being.

  • kimbev69

    that is bullshit…mom is backtracking now and that makes me think she more than had something to do with this…like other cases where mom “gives” her daughter to someone to abuse in exchange for something…how did she not see her daughter walk off…it’s friggen walmart…and what about the report that this happened at like 9:30 and she didn’t call police til 11pm

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.gloss Alan Isntevenmyname Gloss

    Gut instinct is always correct, rarely PC, but always correct.

  • Greg B.

    How many of these things could be prevented if the Parents didn’t do stupid shit to put their kids in these situations!

  • http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.lacey.54 Elizabeth Lacey

    yeah, just keep relieasing these bastards over and over again…the only cure for pedophilia is DEATH. patriarchy doesn’t care.

  • Greg B.

    I think that is a stretch… Seems like another case of someone who has no business having kids in general. License to drive or fish, but any idiot can have children

  • Valerie

    Poor baby girl. That mom is an idiot. I would never, ever let my children (let along my two beautiful daughters) go with some strange man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/LadyxStardust Amber Esteppe

    Pedophiles cannot be cured, it is basically their sexual preference. Cannot believe these sick fucks get released time and time again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ithinkihurtmyself Cj Wade

    this is what happens when you give your children stupid names.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chasity.lawson.3 Chasity Lawson

    My feeling is this, if you molest a child its the end of the road for you. There is no rehabilitation, go ahead and get the death penalty. The world wont miss you!

  • Evan

    how long was he out of prison before he did this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/deanna.perraultnarron Deanna Perrault Narron

    Mother doesnt seem to broken up about it. Why on earth would she go with this stranger anyways??

  • JohnQknowitall

    But for whatever reason, Perrywinkle got in Smith’s van with her children and headed to the…

    CORRECTION: replace “for whatever reason” with “because she is an irresponsible idiot.”

    How many kids? Multiply the number of kids times the various child endangerment counts she can be charged with.

    Oh yeah, where’s that quack that rips the ovaries out of and the testicles off of incredibly stood women and men, respectively?

  • Lakme Hesse

    I wonder how long it took for her to notice her daughter was missing. How did she not notice? First, i don’t care what the guy promised, there is no way in HELL that I would let that guy in my car with my 3 little children. He could have had a weapon. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is. She made a mistake that her daughter ended up paying for :-(

  • restlessvagabond

    From May 31st to June 21st = 22 days. Twenty-one days and x number of hours if anyone wants to get all nit picky about it.

  • Evan

    i’d be willing to bet this was not his first child abduction attempt since getting out. sick fuck.

  • Evan

    kermit gosnell? jk.

  • http://www.krashthrills.wordpress.com/ Anthony Mandich

    Fucking story makes no sense. Why would they wait 2 hours to get a $7 walmart dress? Where did they wait? I smell bullshit and its not my upper lip.

  • Evan

    i also heard that this happened at 9:30 (i don’t know am or pm) and she did not call the police until 11pm.

  • Kittyskyfish

    First impressions of the stranger gave her the creeps and still the lure of a few dollars sways her better judgment to the point where she puts herself and kids in his VAN? I guess nothing distracts a woman like the prospect of shopping. Really darn tragic she couldn’t pull her head up from the rack of cheap clothes to keep an eye on her kids. (I’m a gal and yeah, spending other people’s money is deliciously tempting…)

  • Jessica Taken

    Sadly, some people really are so broke (and stupid) that a means to an end is simply just that. (No sick pun intended)

  • Evan

    what is it about women who think things are free? whether its drinks at the bar, the cost of weddings or a 7$ dress……
    .
    now that i think about it…..dad’s need to raise their daughters differently than to accept free things.

  • Evan

    i also heard that this happened at 9:30 (i don’t know am or pm) and she did not call the police until 11pm.

  • http://www.krashthrills.wordpress.com/ Anthony Mandich

    It smells like shit like i said. Guarantee. Smith and mom were smoking shit.

  • Evan

    NOW I SEE where you are going! Not a bad assumption at all…..if we could see a picture of the mother we could tell if/how long she’s been on it

  • Evan

    its just that men are a) penis driven, b) generally strong enough to ‘nap a female. IF it wasn’t for those 2 things — i’d say “hell yea take whatever a man offers you – he is the idiot for giving you all that stuff”…..

  • Kittyskyfish

    People love gifts and the love of getting something for nothing is universal in the human species, right up there with human emotions, language development, and Section 8 housing.

    I know I was harsh on my gender and self-stereotyped to suit my dark humor. Sad to say, that woman showed really poor judgment to suit her needs and unfortunately that child paid with her life.

  • Susan

    The mother probably knows more than she is telling.

  • itsknotme

    I hate to compete against Walmart, but I think converting an ice cream truck to a mobile “Ax and Torch Van” might do well parked across from the Jacksonville courthouse. Every Tuesday, while court’s in-cession, I’ll have environmentally correct “Electric Chain Saw Day.”

  • Kittyskyfish

    I think it’s like playing slots, you know? Putting money into a machine that does nothing but suck you dry. Still, it was thrilling to pull those levers. ;)

  • Evan

    people do love section 8 housing….that’s for sure

  • Kittyskyfish

    Oh wait, I forgot to call it.

    FLORIDA.

  • Evan

    hmmm that was a good analogy!

  • Evan

    i desp. want to see a pic of her…. i’d be willing to bet she’s cracky or methy

  • Evan

    hmmmm this stiff drink from this creepy man at the bar is delicious…..tee hee, i hope he doesn’t throw my body into a dumpster while i am still alive enough to feel the rats eating my fingers tee hee

  • http://www.facebook.com/bilingual.illiterate Jamie Arnett

    im sorry but there is NO way in hell i would let a strange guy get in MY car with my kids! and before anyone says that you never know what you would do in that situation, i definitely can say that this would never happen. and i really wouldnt let my little girl go off with him to go to mcdonalds! stupid mom, evil piece of shit sex offender.

  • LuvsHorror

    So much stupid here, mom, the justice system…

  • Lakme Hesse

    If it was 11.30pm…it took her 2 and half hours before she realized her daughter was gone?!?! I call BS or she is one piss poor mother. I can get look for her first for 10 mins or so. But 2.5 hours and no call?! As soon as the guy left, I would have made sure I had all of my kids with me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karrasmithhammonds Kelly Hammonds

    The mother should be charged! Are you fucking kidding me! Who sits in a van with three kids in the summer with a fucking strange man for a God damn gift card! She probably sold her daughter for sex. Either way the dumb cunt deserves to be caned!

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.stopka Melissa Stopka

    There’s just too much stupid here, my thoughts are endless. There were so many warning signs and this mother chose to ignore them all.
    Fly with the angels sweet Cherish, you cannot be hurt again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrickwm68 Pat Moore

    We teach our kids not to go near strangers, someone should have taught that to the mother.

  • Texas Ranger

    Its ALWAYS a freakin van. You should have to show your sex offender registration before buying one. I hate vans. The shoes too.

  • Texas Ranger

    Not my first impression…but leaning that way…Florida, meth, pedo, van, pretty 8redneck yr old, may equal mommy pimpin the kid. I hope not so badly.

  • Athena

    A man murders a child, and yet the lion’s share of the vitriol is aimed at the mother? For fuck’s sake.

    Mom might not be the sharpest tool in the shed. She might even have put her own interest ahead of her children (although that is baseless speculation at this point). But no one deserves to have a child murdered, and this this sick piece of shit is the one who did it, not the mother.

    May he rot in prison. Literally.

  • noname
  • Evan

    THANKYOU! Kinda lookin like a druggie. Hard to tell from that pic but lots and lots of potential.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TeresaVellucciBonlak Teresa Vellucci Bonlak

    This man was never accused of being a sexual predator but of being a sexual offender. I am not on his side in the least. Just correcting those who think the court system titled him as a predator. They did not. At least not before this murder.

  • VenusDoom3
  • Evan

    “Smith did not take Cherish to the McDonald’s”: fuckin dick couldda at least got her some McDonalds before doin whatever he did to her.

  • Evan

    pitbull owners get the majority of the grief, as opposed to the actual pitbulls….just saying

  • Nirvana Benitez

    It’s so sad that all this could have been prevented. There seems to be a cycle, these predators get out of prison and commit even more heinous crimes. It’s really getting old I hope the laws/punishments for pedophiles change and are more permanent for those that have concrete evidence against them.

  • Buffettgirl

    Right?!?!?! In two hours you could have collected enough change from the floor in a Walmart to buy the damn dress! How does this even begin to make sense? I’m not trying to bash mom so much as question her state of mind. This just doesn’t seem logical at all!

  • Buffettgirl

    Where is this woman’s Pervert Radar??? Mine is going bonkers over here in Oregon just looking at this maggot’s photo! Being around him could only have made it worse… no survival instincts here at all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/myrna.ho Myrna Ho

    this piece of shit should have been executed the first time around.

  • http://oddlyunfocused.blogspot.com/ Eccentric_Lady

    If mom had drug issues that radar probably went offline some time ago. :/

  • RedScarab

    I feel so bad for that poorly named child.

  • Buffettgirl

    True – but, ugh, just LOOK at him! It’s so glaringly obvious… poor little Cherish, RIP Little Angel-Butt…

  • tkaz

    I cannot believe she waited a few hrs for a “free” dress. Nothing is free. The second the location changed from dollar store to Wal-Mart she should’ve known something was hinky.

  • JohnQknowitall

    What he did was obviously wrong. No one has yet to dispute that and to many it is a given.

    IN THIS CASE the mother gave the bullets to a possible pedophile and the actual pedophile shot the gun. She did not do her job to protect her children and lost one. Her competence as a mother is and should be called into question and the safety of her other children should be called into question.

    She failed at her job through blatant incompetence and I hope the courts question whether she should be fired or not. I cannot imagine any father or mother putting their children (or even themselves alone) in a van with a stranger.

  • Texas Ranger

    Rot underground would be better. Death Penalty has no greater candidate than this sorry fucker. He did NOT have to kill her…he is too much a pussy to go back to jail is his thinking…damn im pissed now.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Look at the governor of Virginia’s daughter’s free wedding dinner… just saying. ;P

  • JohnQknowitall

    Are you serious?

  • JohnQknowitall

    I missed that too! Horrifying, but now some of the shock effect has been removed.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I picture her a bit bleach blond greasy hair and gaunt or sloppy fat with a poor complexion… fits with your guess.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Second hand shops with a few minutes on the street begging might be a better alternative.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Even asking enough people someone would eventually buy the dress without the danger. One of the nicest things about most people is that they are willing to help another person if they have the resources.

  • JohnQknowitall

    At least the desperate saw him as a source of hope. These shits have no hope to give.

  • JohnQknowitall

    If not multiple attempts he was plotting one.

  • Parrot Toes

    Jesus, I think I’m having a rare moment. It’s so rare, I’m gonna have a hard time saying this. I —- don’t —- blame —- the —- mom. Wow, that was hard, being sympathetic and all.

    Yeah, mom was stupid, she sucked at her mothering skills at a pivotal moment, but I think she got conned by a criminal to place all trust in him. Slime like this guy may be lacking in a lot of normal skills and such, but they are usually masters at convincing their victims that they are more than decent people. Mix that with a mom who is possibly simple-minded and more trusting than most people, and you have a recipe for disaster. Besides, her punishment for her lack of common sense will be more than paid in the guilt she will forever live with. Perhaps even, the loss of her other children if it’s found that she is a bad mom for more than just that one time.

    If I blame anyone, besides the obvious killer, I will blame the system that let this asshole out of prison in the first place. Besides, if he didn’t get Cherish because Cherish’s mom fell too easily into his ruse, he would have found someone else to lure eventually and kill.

  • Shannah Erwin Guillory

    What I don’t get is why was he still walking free? He was charged with kidnapping and selling obscene materials in 1993 and had to register as a sex offender at that time.

    He has had several arrests since then. The most recent was 2009 on a charge of child abuse, threatening a 10 yr old and impersonating a social services worker. So he gets out at the end of May 2013 and within 30 days, he kidnaps and kills a child.

    A sex offender who has hurt children in the past and was arrested again for it in 2009 (16 years after the first offense – that we know of). That second arrest shows that he was clearly NOT going to stop going after children and yet he was set free and given another opportunity to rape and kill a child.

    Un-friggin-believable. They did everything but gift wrap a child and send it to him with a bow on its head.

  • kevin

    Feel pity

  • Buffettgirl

    I wasn’t going to say anything about the name, I know I’m very judgmental about names, and even after I read that her younger sisters are Destiny and Nevaeh I managed to keep my thoughts to myself, but it was hard for me! I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be mean because the kids have no choice in what their parents name them, but COME ON! Are you just dying for your babies to grow up to be workers in the skin industry??? I know that you cherish your infant Mom, as you should, but the rest of the world doesn’t, nor do they care that you do. If you want your kids to grow up and be successful, you have to prime them for that success and that begins with a name that has respectability… just my opinion I realize, but I don’t think I’m too far off the mark with it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/castina.ortiz Castina M. Ortiz

    Stupid lady regardless if she let her go or not you NEVER take shit from strangers these days!!!! Can’t afford a dress to bad your kid will survive without it!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/castina.ortiz Castina M. Ortiz

    Stupid lady regardless if she let her go or not you NEVER take shit from strangers these days!!!! Can’t afford a dress to bad your kid will survive without it!!

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I was thinking the same thing, seen it with my own two eyes. People ready to cause riots over free items that are only about a buck at the store:-(.

  • Evan

    i wonder if the sisters were like ‘uh mom what the heck are you doing? i’m like 5 and i know this is a bad idea. mr smith keeps licking his lips and rubbing his hands together’

  • IntelligentVirtue

    ~sigh, that whole heaven spelled backwards has really caught on. I used to hate my name growing up when all the girls had the cutesy names like Brianna, Tiffany, etc but now my name looks good & fits in published articles or board member’s directories:-)

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I get it, it’s ultimately the murder’s fault mom just did a piss poor job at motherhood. You know, with the failing to protect her offspring bit

  • Kittyskyfish

    The mother shares some culpability in Cherish’s death because she put the girl in defenseless situations.

    The first situation was to let Smith manipulate her and her daughters into getting into his van. She does not have control of the situation once she is in his vehicle and she did not know up until the second the door opened if he was alone or not.

    The second situation was letting Cherish out of her sight in Walmart. There are times and places where it’s natural to let one’s guard down and be less vigilant. The mom failed because this wasn’t an ordinary situation. A male stranger is keeping himself in close proximity to her family, a person she should be cautious about because she’s a parent. Instead of keeping her guard up and making her daughters stick by her side, she dropped the ball and let herself get distracted, allowing Smith to cull her Cherish away from her. Cherish is not responsible enough at eight to know for certain who is truly trustworthy, especially when in the presence of a good manipulator. Her mom inadvertently gave signs that he was okay to trust by accepting a ride in his van (back to the first situation). If it’s okay to get in his van, well it must be okay to leave mom and go get a burger with him. Trustworthy enough, right? Defenseless again.

    I don’t hate the mom as a person but her actions did leave her children vulnerable. She’s going to have to own part of this tragedy.

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I know, the irony is sickening considering stealing a steak can get you 50 years elsewhere

    SB: I know there’s more to that story but for dramatic purposes we’ll omit some things!!

  • IntelligentVirtue

    I bet you they were singing the stranger danger song. All the kids now it now

  • Buffettgirl

    My name is Carrie, and while I think Mom failed me a slight bit, especially compared to the much more respectable Peter & Catherine (called Kate) of my older siblings, at least Carrie does have the seriously old-fashioned and therefore utterly respectable thing going for it. I just don’t see us having a President Neveah or CEO Cherish any time soon…

  • IntelligentVirtue

    President for strippers assoc of America? *reinsets sensitivity bone* yea, the only time of seen subdued name basis on different sounding is if personthat it belongs to is of a different culture(as in completely non-American)

  • http://www.dreamindemon.com Count Rackula

    I see a lot of comments concerning the name, I once knew a “Cherish Mi Valentine,” who had a pretty unique personality to match. I don’t know, I’ve heard worse names. Hell, I hate my name. I’d rather be named Cherish. Heh.

    But I think I’d be automatically suspicious of a dude who just “happened to overhear” that she couldn’t afford the dress, I would certainly never take any sort of charity from a total stranger, unless perhaps I was starving, but if that charity involved going to another location, my stranger-danger-radar goes off.

    Sucks her daughter had to pay such a price over something as silly as a dress.

  • McDanel_1771

    I blame the fact that he was released. He didn’t make it a month on the outside without raping and murdering a child. Petition your state governments for longer sentencing of child molesters.

  • 18th40

    I don’t have a hard time saying it at all. The biggest offender is the system that let this fuck walk around free. This woman is guilty of being desperate and desperation makes people stupid, I don’t know what it’s like not to be able to buy a dress for my child at the dollar store, but I’m pretty certain that it isn’t warm and fuzzy. She was taken advantage of by a predator who’s been plying his trade for a long time and knows what to say, what buttons to push and how to make someone believe the con he’s rolling out. He shouldn’t have been there to have the opportunity, and now her daughters paid the ultimate price and she has years left to remind herself of that. I hope somehow the other children come out of this alright, and I hope this prick dies in a cage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/special.kali Kelly Eklectusbird

    This had ruined my day and its only 6:50am.

  • Fred Rogers

    Probably drugs, no one waits somewhere for a couple of hours with 3 kids to get a free walmart dress.

  • cedric

    Poor kid.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    I’m also having a difficult time blaming the mother. She was taken in, at a low point of her life, by someone that would probably been a world-class con-man; if he hadn’t been a pedo/murderer…

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    Barbed-wire(Barb, for short) wouldn’t have been a good name, either… I’m not thinking this waste of skin was paying much attention to her name.

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    From the pic, it looks like the mother had a damaged right arm. It’s much thinner than her fairly muscular left one. The mother may have been going through the fucked-up SSD system. If disabled, it may still be YEARS before she sees a penny of disability funding. That would explain a lot.

  • Evan

    no.

  • Evan

    McDonnell didn’t know who paid for his daughter’s wedding and hadn’t
    asked her as of late March when the story was beginning to make news ;)

  • Wolf_of_Mars

    I think she was taken in by a pedophile & con-man that’s been honing his sick skills for longer than the Mom has been alive.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Actually he has flip flopped a bit on that issue, but this article of May 1 mentions his knowing about it, but left it ultimately in her hands… which stinks of a lie is interesting.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/05/01/how-much-did-bob-mcdonnells-daughters-wedding-cost-after-all/

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.morrison.90226 Brandon Morrison

    The mother should be charged with neglect… who lets their kid walk away with a total stranger?

  • Texas Ranger

    Amen.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    That’s for sure. People love housing commission accommodation here in Oz. It’s not unusual to hear of people staying 15-20+ years in housing that’s meant to be short term, while families are forced to live in their cars.

  • http://www.facebook.com/percy.dinnie Percy Dinnie

    Chemical castration should be enforced for child sex offenders and predators regardless of age and jail time

  • http://www.facebook.com/special.kali Kelly Eklectusbird

    Chemical? This guy needs it cut off with a rusty saw.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    So Mum couldn’t afford a $7 dress but she could afford a dye job?

  • Evan

    i had to go to get food stamps one time — and while waiting people were like all happy as shit talk’n bout the kinds of meat they were gunna buy. i was like ugh some shit.

  • mean birch

    This pisses me off. Giving Wal-Mart and McDonald’s bad publicity. Over a Wal-Mart dress. Hardly. Mom is a drug addicted breeding fool.

  • Heather4877

    I’m not saying it’s an excuse, but humans often ignore their instincts. Ever read The Gift of Fear?

    I agree mom was an idiot, and who knows what will come to light regarding her motives for going with this fucking waste of a perfectly good life. However, I do imagine she’s probably in her own personal hell right now. Her future is going to be very dark regardless of what punishments the justice system slaps on her. I don’t know what the hell she was thinking, but I feel badly for mom, Cherish’s siblings, and Cherish.

    This whole thing sucks.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    She’s got a certain gauntness that only comes with the white horse diet.

  • Junior

    Especially someone with the 3 young kids.

  • Junior

    Silly question….but how did you cross out the words in “stinks of a lie”?

  • Aussie Sabbath

    It’s the same way you do a bold or italic font – ctrl and something.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Your statement also reminded me of one of the most fundamental rules I have witnessed among all parents I have known: you don’t gift to one sibling without gifting to the other siblings outside of a birthday. This only adds to the off color of this woman. I almost equate her with the selfish criminal who killed her daughter.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Without the *‘s:

    stinks of a lie

    replace “strike” with

    i to italicize
    b to bold
    u to underline

    Use to break or skip a line, you do not use a second incidence with the slash mark to accomplish this task (i.e., )

    When you post, if typed without error, the commands will not be visible. If you fail to use the slash in the second command where listed above, that command will continue until the end of the document. If you make an error, edit immediately.

  • Athena

    Solid analogy, there, pal.

  • Athena

    You know, John… People who don’t read this site every day sometimes feel bad about assuming the worst of people. I remember when I did. Society teaches us to through lessons like “never judge a book by its cover”. Here is a man offering to do a nice thing for what is probably a dirt poor family, and I can totally see second-guessing, even punishing yourself, for not wanting to trust such a giving person.

    As for children, it’s easy to lose track. As I understand it, you don’t have any? I hate to pull that card, but that was one of the things I didn’t truly comprehend until I had one of my own. I had a close call just recently. Luck was on my side. Luckily, there didn’t happen to be a pedophile there to take advantage of my split-fucking-second slip up.

    This woman lost her child. Does that heavenly pitchfork of yours get heavy after a while, darlin’? I’ve been curious.

  • Athena

    …and you don’t think she does?

    We all make mistakes in our lives that could easily result in the demise of our loved ones. We’re just lucky that most of us don’t get nailed to the fucking wall by them. It’s easy to sit here, with our intellect, our hindsight and our financial situations and call this woman to judgment. But we don’t know. And how quick so many are to add to this woman’s pain disturbs me. Sometimes it’s best to quietly learn from the mistakes of others.

  • Jasonias

    They must have let him out to make room for marijuana smokers.

  • Athena

    Preach.

  • rpgmomma8404

    Always and I mean ALWAYS go with your gut. What the hell was this mom thinking??

  • JohnQknowitall

    She got into a stranger’s van – with her children.

    You are telling me that if I have children one day that will appear to be okay?

    I have no doubt she is pained with the loss of a child in an unimaginably horrible way and I do feel compassion at that end, but do you really think a reasonable and responsible person with a child or children would get in the van with someone just met in a store?

    Even if the stranger turned out after the fact to be Jesus Loving Christ in the flesh and she told me how she and all 3 of her still now living children got in/out of his van safely, I would be horrified that she did.

    I am sorry to keep rephrasing this, but are you saying this is okay?

    I know children are wild over energized little creatures that cannot be tracked every single minute even under the careful watch of a truly paranoid parent or caretaker. It isn’t humanly possible, but I don’t even think she tried.

  • JohnQknowitall

    10,000 up votes!

  • GGMon

    I’ve read the dreamin demon long enough to call bullshit on moms story. YOu waited 2 hours to call police after your daughter was abducted? I wouldn’t be surprised if she was trying to sell her daughter.

  • angie

    If this had happened in the 70’s or 80’s we would have all been sympathetic towards the mother because society was more naive back then, but towards the end of the 90’s an up until now, the media and then internet has warned us day after day about sexual predators and all the dangerous people out there!! They have hammered it into our brains!! So we find it really hard to feel sorry for this incredibly stupid woman!! I have 2 small children and I never have enough money to buy just about anything, but I would never get into the van of some strange man with my children just because he is going to buy my daughter a dress!! And it’s not because I am the smartest woman in the world, it’s because that’s what the media has taught me!! This woman’s stupid mistake cost the life of that beautiful child. And she is going to have to live with that the rest of her life!!

  • Parrot Toes

    She got into a stranger’s van – with her children

    When I was a kid, my mom used to hitch hike with my sister and I. We used to do it so often, I thought it was normal. Then, when I was in my early teens, we got picked up by a father and young adult son. They were creepy as fuck and stared at us the entire time (dad via the rear view mirror). I still feel like they are watching me, *shudder*. They insisted on dropping us off right at home but my mom managed to convince them to let us off at a grocery store. My mom learned from it and we never hitch hiked again, but it could have gone ugly at any moment and I wouldn’t be here to grace you with my words (cuz I know you luv me :) ).

    Yes, I think my moms behaviour for all those years, hitching with 2 young girls, was immensely stupid, but it’s how she was raised. She was trusting of people who appeared to want to help. It didn’t really occur to her that someone with bad intentions would offer a helping hand, until that day, and she was raised in FLORIDA! My mom though, was not a bad mom. She was actually a pretty good mom and I don’t have a whole lot of complaints on how she raised me (my sister is another story though :P). I think all parents have stupid what-the-fuck moments. Some worse than others, and this mom in this story had one of the biggest what-the-fuck moments that she will never live down.

  • JohnQknowitall

    When I was in college I hitchhiked home from work because the public transportation stopped running by the stopped before I got off. I don’t know how many times I was picked up by guys wanting more than just the feeling of having done a good deed. Driven suddenly down dark streets, swinging doors open to get out; offered money – even asked to make a porn video once. Some of the guys were really hot guys that under other circumstances I might be okay and other times really creepy “my wife doesn’t understand me” guys or old or just ugly and dumpy. I was a young male and I knew it was stupid. I just cannot imagine taking that kind of chance with children, but people do either out of ignorance of reality or stupidity.

    A story to remember regarding hitchhiking: http://crimeshots.com/VincentNightmare.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.armstrong.31 Jared Armstrong

    What a fucking idiot. Best mom ever.

  • rpgmomma8404

    I feel sorry that she lost her daughter. I just don’t know why she didn’t go with her first instinct on this situation if what she is claiming to be true. I totally agree with you though.

  • rpgmomma8404

    Wouldn’t surprise me at this point…..

  • rpgmomma8404

    She was on an episode of “I Survived”. Probably one of the more horrifying stories that has ever been told on that show. :-(

  • kimbev69

    I totally agree

  • kimbev69

    Or she purposely let him have her daughter saying be back in an hour and then after it passed that time she got worried, sorry but she is a dumb bitch

  • ISTP

    A couple years ago, after my unemployment ran out and still no one would give me a job, I went to the public aid office to get state medical and food stamps. Feeling like total shit mind you, can’t get a job, have kids, have to in my mind “stoop” to public aid – but I was very grateful that the option existed. There were people in there being loud and yelling things like “These bitches better give me my Medicaid!” It was kind of weird.

    Maybe they were genuinely excited about the meat. If they needed food stamps, had no family helping out, perhaps they were eating nothing but ramen noodles or something.

  • ISTP

    I feel like if we have a president named Obama, anything goes. Though I’m hyper vigilant over my children. Reading articles like this, often the dead children have unique names. Our children’s names aren’t made up, but are very old. I know it might not be rational, but I’m just like I have to pay a little extra attention.

  • CT

    Wait? What? Free wedding dresses? Now you fucking tell me that they are free because I just so happened to pay for my own dress 10 years ago this August with the JOB that I have where I make my own money. Same money that I pay for my families healthcare with and my retirement plan and my Dad didn’t teach me shit — other than how to change the oil in a car, change a tire and fix a hole in the wall. He was the king of something for nothing and I fucking hate that. Oh yeah, he also taught me that if you drink everyday, you will treat your kids like they don’t matter. Yeah, Dads needs to raise their daughters differently. I wish mine did.

  • sugarpie

    How many times does this scenario play out. Sick fuck pedo spends all his life perving children, gets busted over and over and release over and over and then ends up killing (probably thinking they won’t catch him again). KILL THEM THE FIRST TIME – THERE IS NO CURE!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Hello! Good morning.

  • Evan

    if you paved your own road to success – which i do not doubt – you are truly in the minority. no time to consider every case when making genderwide generalizations.

  • Evan

    and out of curiosity do you think drinking everyday means one will inevitably treat their kids like shit – or was that just how your ‘dad’ was?

  • CT

    Nice.

  • CT

    Drinking to excess – yes. You will not be a stellar parent in my opinion. I’m sure that there are exceptions to this rule like everything else.

  • CT

    I am in the minority because I am a successful woman?

  • Evan

    no because apparently you weren’t babied by your father.

  • CT

    OK Evan, if you say so. I forget how much you like to troll. It’s only 11 am and I going to get some lunch because I’m starving. Peace out and shit.

  • newstarshipsmell

    Okay.

  • RedScarab

    To me Destiny and Nevaeh are my second and third least favorite girls name.

    My all time least favorite girls name is Mikayla (and all of its variant spellings). I hate that name so much. It’s the bottom barrel most ghetto name white people name their daughters. I hate that whole slap another syllable onto a normal name crap.

  • RedScarab

    I never had a problem with the name Carrie. The sister of a friend of mine was named Carrie. Her name was the only thing attractive about her. She has a lazy eye and this dirty looking hair. She used to fuck black guys in the freezer at our local grocery store.

    Oh and the brother of another friend of mine has that same name (or maybe it’s Carey). He’s a crackhead who steals from his family.

  • RedScarab

    My dad never knew his real father but I recently stumbled onto the genealogy page of his biological father’s family. I found a bunch of old fashioned names that I kind of thought would be wicked funny to name my kids.

    Having a son named Moab or Granville might get stares though.

  • Buffettgirl

    I have to admit, 30 years ago, before it became the incredibly popular name that it is today I used to love Michaela. The original, old-fashioned and at the time rarely if ever used version. But I’m with you on all the variant spellings of all the trendy names out there… Khrystalle is the one I can’t forget….

  • Heather_Habilatory

    omg. Mom should be locked up on her kid’s name choices alone.

  • Buffettgirl

    Well don’t I feel special now??? ;-) Actually, my former step-brother is named Kerry… that made for some interesting times at my house when it came to dinner! Most of the Carries that I know are cool… but the Keary I know is a crackheaded jackass…

  • onechance8806

    It says that she got into HIS car with her kiddos. Ridiculous … that poor baby.

  • ShelbySP

    I know somebody who named their baby Kurij (Courage). I wonder what he did in a past life to deserve that.

  • Buffettgirl

    That’s some really bad Kharmah right there… (I couldn’t resist, sorry!) The poor child would have been better off with the spelling remaining Courage instead of the all fucked up and has to be explained/spelled every time Kurij… Parental cruelty for sure!

  • ShelbySP

    Oh god don’t give them ideas with that spelling! Their reasoning was they didn’t want it to be like “Courage the cowardly dog”. -___- My dream job is to go around hospitals and be the name police. “You want to name your baby–uh uh, give it here.”

  • Buffettgirl

    ME TOO! I’ve wanted this job since I was about 12, I’m almost 43 now… People like Holly Madison would have their children removed based on name alone. Rainbow Aurora??? We’re you hoping to birth a future stripper???

  • meximelted

    Ugh he looks like Albert Fish , I’m going to go cower in the corner now .

  • midniteshadows

    Thought the same thing too. She could have gotten a really nice dress for $2-$3 at a thrift store.

  • midniteshadows

    I can so relate. Not only are they bitching, but they all have cell phones, nice jewelry, and nicer cars.

    Me – I was over qualified for assistance by $25.

  • midniteshadows

    Thank you for explaining that. Always wondered how to do that. 10,000 ^ for you.

  • Wildheart

    Another one with a daughter named “Nevaeh”….seems pretty popular these days.

  • HAL 9000

    All the talk about under-clocked Mom detracts from consideration of that poor kid. I remember being eight years old, and my family was broke. Getting something innocuous as a Micky-d with cheese was a real treat.

    And that was where that little kid’s mind was when everything just started getting worse and worse and scarier and scarier. ‘Evil’ isn’t the right word for the old man, ‘evil’ has too much cachet too it. Darth Vader’s evil. The old man is considerably less than that, and he should have been liquidated years ago.

  • AllElseFailed

    I am a welfare caseworker. Believe me, ALMOST every one of my clients has a nicer phone/car/house than I do. Not saying that every one is just out to get a handout, but I can tell you in my office the percentage of people who need it is much smaller than the percentage of people who live off it for YEARS

  • Evan

    haha it must be more work to maintain your welfare income than make the same money at a traditional job.

  • AllElseFailed

    I try to make it that way. ;) At least, for those people.

  • http://www.krashthrills.wordpress.com/ Anthony Mandich

    HOw do you even pronounce some shit like that? Niv Eye Aw?

  • Rebecca Garcia

    “I didn’t let her go with him like people think” Someone who has the audacity to make statements in such self-defense at a time like this sounds extremely guilty to me. How can you be waiting for hours for a dress, waiting and surrounded by your three children and not notice that one of them walks away? Oh and you mean to tell me that a child wandered off without you knowing, a child whom you have had for 8 FUCKING YEARS? Bullshit.

  • Wildheart

    No clue on how to pronounce it, but it’s “heaven” spelled backwards. As Kim and Kanye have recently proven, people are obviously running out of names for their children.

  • Dana

    This guy has a history of literally hunting for victims and using coercion, threats and lies to get to young victims. Any freak off the street can drive up to a child on a bicycle and snatch them and be gone, this guy wasn’t like that, he enjoyed the hunt. He was busted for impersonating a DCF worker in order to get the child to go along with him in his car. Now he’s been caught after using lies of a $100 Walmart gift card to basically have a mother hand over her child to him. He’s a very dangerous individual. It’s appalling that the Florida justice system couldn’t draw the dots together and identify that maybe this guy was a dangerous sex offender who should never have been allowed out on the streets.

  • Dana

    His arrest history dates back to 1977 and was once again targeting young girls. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are unsolved rape/murders that he’s responsible for.

  • Dana

    Ugh, my cousin named her daughter’s MiKayla and Mikenzie…..BLEH!

  • Dana

    Yeah I have a lot of Detlef’s in my family tree, such a weird name.

  • Dana

    First off, shopping at any Dollar Store is creepy, it always seems like people on Megan’s List go there. One guy in the Bay Area actually attempted to rape someone’s toddler in the Christmas aisle at a Dollar Tree store….I’m sure that story made it here on this website a few years back. Anyway, if I was ever approached by some random guy in a Dollar Store and he offered me and my children $100 gift card to Walmart, I would tell him to fuck off. Who falls for that? In this day and age, no one gives a $100 out unless there’s a catch.

  • Dana

    I’ve learned through court documents, Cherish’s parents have been entangled in a bitter custody battle since 2007. Her dad lives in Ca. and wasn’t even told that Cherish existed until she was 3 years old.

  • Whisper Wing

    Cherrish Perriwinkle was raped

    Donald Smith indicted on charges of murder, kidnapping and sexual battery

    A new charge of sexual battery has been added against Donald James Smith, who was indicted Tuesday in the death of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle. The cause — strangulation — also was released.

    Smith, 56, also was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping. The Jacksonville girl was abducted June 21 from a Walmart on Lem Turner Road and found dead the next day.
    [...]
    Cherish’s body was found in a marshy area on the Northside, and Smith was arrested after a tip from a resident who noticed the suspect’s van.

    Smith had been out of jail for three weeks. He has a criminal history of preying on children going back to the 1970s. In 2009 he had posed on the phone as a state child welfare worker trying to arrange for a 9-year-old girl to talk with him at a McDonald’s.

    The State Attorney’s Office, which did not respond to Times-Union requests for comment, told news partner First Coast News it will seek the death penalty.

    The indictment also came a day after Judge Suzanne Bass removed herself from the case and was replaced by Judge Mallory Cooper. Bass, who was elected in 2012, had previously stepped down from her first high-profile case involving the death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis after the defense expressed concerns about getting a fair trial.

    Cooper replaced Bass in that case, too, but she recused herself Monday when she accepted the Smith case.

    Judges aren’t permitted to talk about specific cases. Both of their offices also did not comment on why they had switched places twice, but Court Administrator Joe Stelma said the recusal process is up to the judge.
    [....]

    Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-07-02/story/donald-smith-indicted-charges-murder-kidnapping-and-sexual-battery#ixzz2ZMEgjwDv

  • Ariel Feliz

    heres an idea, lets all go out and find a middle aged or older white male stranger to leave our kids with. It will work out fine im sure.

  • googlingmisery

    i’m in WA, and they sold off heaps of the housing. I had neighbours with 5 kids (they both had employment) waiting for subsidised housing for 11 years before they got anything. That was 15 years ago and now it’s worse. A single mum with 3 kids was told by State Housing that because she had a run-down car, she wasn’t considered high priority because they could sleep in the car… yes this really happened, about a year and a half ago..

  • googlingmisery

    best one yet: Le-a. did u get it?

    Ledasha. seriously.

  • googlingmisery

    he may have presented as a kindly old man waiting for his wife. And maybe once in the van, she thought “oh, maybe i should have thunk this thru”, but then when it is ok, she is lulled into thinking everything WAS ok.. but yeah, the 2-5hr wait is a bit strange…

  • Buffettgirl

    DAMN! Nope, I thought it was just a seriously fucked up spelling of Leah!