The Florida State Attorney’s Office has released chilling video of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle’s last moments with her mom in Walmart and on Earth before she was lured away by 56-year-old Donald Smith into a van in June of 2013.
The two can be seen leaving the Jacksonville, Fla., store together on the surveillance camera footage.
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A police report said Smith met Cherish’s mother at the Dollar General on Norwood Avenue and said he had a $100 Walmart gift card that he would use to by clothing for the woman and her three children.
They were at the Walmart on Lem Turner around 11 p.m. when Smith told her he was going to buy food for them at the front of the store.
Cherish followed him and the two left the store.
One 911 caller reported seeing his van parked in the woods. An associate of Smith’s who rented a room at his mother’s house called police with ideas about where he might be.
Smith is accused of kidnapping, raping and killing the girl. Perrywinkle’s body was found later in front of a church.