Every parent’s worst nightmare is to lose their children. The younger they are, the more real that fear is.
A young adult can generally handle themselves, and a teen might now overpower an adult but can outrun or exhaust them long enough to find help. Children are the most vulnerable among all victim groups.
They are smaller, weaker, more naive – everything about them makes it easy for evil people to get away with horrible crimes.
These crimes are considered worse than any other, preying upon a group that cannot rightfully exercise the full extent of their will—innocents, whose abusers are always monsters.
Cherish Lily Perrywinkle was a young girl, just eight years old, who was taken a right in front of her parents in the worst way imaginable.
When people think of child abductions, they imagine a harrowing scene of a child being picked up, kicking and screaming, and dragged away by a nasty and hideous excuse for a human being.
The reality is so much worse: she left with a smile with a man she thought was her friend. And she was wrong.
10 The Perrywinkle Family
Cherish was the oldest daughter, at eight years, of Rayne Perrywinkle and Billy Jarreau.
Her parents divorced, and she and the other children were subjected to prolonged and sordid custody battles between the two adults.
This is not the greatest tragedy of Cherish’s short life, but it introduced the slate of events that led to her disappearance and death.
9 Living Low
Rayne took Cherish and her sisters to a Dollar General, where they were initially shopping for some supplies for Cherish.
She was going on a plane the next day to see her father in California, and she wanted to be prepared.
Rayne and her boyfriend were not well off. They had no car to drive to the store and had to walk.
They only had $100 to cover her whole trip, including the ticket, which meant they had precious little to spend on any new clothes.