Tuesday 6 December 2016

Chilling video shows final moments of girl (8) shopping as man suspected of raping and murdering her 'lures her away'

Published 03/04/2016 | 17:59

This chilling footage shows the final moments of Cherish Perrywinkle, the eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped in 2013 in the US, before she was raped and murdered.

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The video, released by Florida State Attorney's Office, shows little Cherish shopping in Walmart with her mother and two sisters when they were approached by a man who offered to help them.

Rayne Perrywinkle and her three daughters, one of whom is Cherish, can be seen shopping in the clothing aisle.

A gray-haired man, who Rayne claims is Donald Smith and who was charged with Cherish’s murder in 2013, approaches the family.

He is seemingly preoccupied with Cherish, but he also offers to help Rayne who cannot afford to buy the clothes.

Rayne also said that the man offered to buy burgers from a McDonald's restaurant at the front of the store, and that Cherish went with him, but they never came back.

Footage shows Cherish and Smith stopping for less than a minute outside the McDonald's outlet before leaving through the front door and driving off in a white van.

This was to be the last time that Cherish was seen alive.

The State Attorney's office has also released 911 calls made by Rayne when she realised that Cherish was missing.

Disraught, she tells the 911 worker how the man had recommended that she buy inappropriate shoes for Cherish.

'He wanted her to buy these really tall shoes that were women’s shoes and I told him no. I said, "They’re too high for her, I wouldn’t even wear shoes that high."

'Maybe he was grooming her. I hope to God he doesn’t kill her and I hope to God he doesn’t rape her,' the mother says.

Cherish's body the next day in front of Highlands Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Smith was taken into custody after police cornered his white van on Interstate 95. He is due in court next month.

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