Cherish's sisters to remain in foster care

Published On: Nov 22 2013 11:33:30 AM EST


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The two younger sisters of Cherish Perrywinkle, an 8-year-old Jacksonville girl who was abducted and killed, 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."

The girls' mother, Rayne Perrywinkle, has no visitation with the children. The girls were removed from her custody in July after Cherish was found dead the day after she was abducted from a 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 Smith on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual battery.

Perrywinkle declined comment after the hearing.

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