Motion filed to suspend Rayne's visitation with daughters

State says mother of slain girl emotionally abusing her girls

By Chris Parenteau - Reporter
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Rayne Perrywinkle breaks down crying during a custody hearing for her two daughters.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The state and the guardian ad litem for the two daughters of Rayne Perrywinkle have filed joint motion to suspend her visitation to the girls.

The state said Perrywinkle is emotionally abusing the children during visits by being negative and inappropriate. Officials said she was upset but not violent when denied a visit with children last week. They said the children had to be taken out the back door that day.

One of the main concerns was Perrywinkle's behavior during a doctor's visit on Sept. 18. Witnesses who took the stand Thursday said her behavior deteriorated throughout the visit, becoming more and more detatched, even after counselors spoke to her about her behavior.

One counselor recommended that she be allowed to send letters and pictures to her daughters, but shouldn't be visiting them.

Magistrate Denise DelOrenzo requested written proposals from both sides so she can make a ruling. The next hearing is set for Nov. 21.

Perrywinkle is the mother of slain 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle (pictured, right), who was abducted and killed in June.

At a custody hearing in August, counselors with the Department of Children and Families wanted to reduce Perrywinkle's visitation hours with her 4- and 5-year-old daughters in the best interest of the children.

"She was very short with her children, very agitated during her entire visit," Amanda Shortino, a family case worker, said at that hearing. "She wasn't even nice to them at all during her visit. She didn't speak to them until they came to her."

Counselors say Perrywinkle has been agitated, angry and critical of her children. They say she disobeyed orders from counselors who asked her not to talk about Cherish's death without the presence of a family counselor.

A judge reduced Perrywinkle's visitation time with her two daughters from three days a week for two and a half hours each day to two days a week for an hour each. The judge was revisiting the schedule Thursday.

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