Sisters of slain Florida girl to remain in foster care

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The two younger sisters of an 8-year-old Jacksonville girl who was abducted and slain will remain in foster care.

The decision was made during a short court hearing in Jacksonville on Thursday. State child welfare officials declined to discuss details of the case but recommended the courts "maintain the status quo."

Florida Today reports the girls' mother Rayne Perrywinkle has no visitation with the children. The girls were removed from her custody in July after Cherish Perrywinkle was found dead the day after she was abducted from a Jacksonville Walmart in June. The family went to the store with a man who had offered to buy clothing for them. Police arrested 56-year-old Donald James Smith on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Perrywinkle declined comment after the hearing



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