Murdered child’s mom says suspect pretended to be good Samaritan
The mother of an 8-year-old girl who was abducted from a Florida Walmart, raped and killed said the man on trial for the crime convinced her he was a good Samaritan who was trying to help her family out.
At times struggling through tears, Rayne Perrywinkle testified Monday in the trial of 61-year-old Donald Smith.
Smith is charged with the first-degree murder, kidnapping and rape of Cherish Perrywinkle in 2013.
Rayne Perrywinkle said Smith had been hovering around her and her three daughters while they shopped at a discount store earlier in the day.
She said Smith saw that she was struggling to buy her kids clothes and that he waited outside for them and offered to take them to a nearby Walmart and make purchases with a gift card. The mother testified that she accepted because Smith assured her his wife would meet them at the Walmart.
Smith’s wife never appeared, and prosecutors say he instead lured Cherish away from her mother and sisters with promises of McDonald’s.
If convicted, Smith faces a possible death sentence.