Questions linger over abduction response

FDLE breaks down alert system response

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police arrived at the Walmart where 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle was abducted at 11:18 p.m. Friday, but roughly three hours passed before local authorities asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to issue an Amber Alert.

"FDLE began writing the script for the Emergency Alert System, working on fliers, putting on lottery, DOT signs and working with law enforcement agencies in other parts of the state. All of those are components of the Amber Alert process," explained FDLE Spokesperson, Gretl Plessinger.

On Saturday morning it took roughly two hours for all the processes and notifications that FDLE conducts when putting out an Amber Alert.  Plessinger told Channel 4 Monday that's the typical amount of time it takes.

"We began first media notifications at 4:27 in the morning," said Plessinger. "At 4:33 a.m. Emergency Alert system was activated. At 5:01 we notified Department of Transportation, FHP and lottery with appropriate wording. At 5:11 an email was sent to 20,000," said Plessinger.

Many have questioned if quicker response time could have prevented Cherish's death, and law enforcement agencies are dealing with a lot of questions about how the situation was handled. 

Plessinger expressed, "What it looks like at this point is law enforcement did everything it could to help this child."

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