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Cherish Perrywinkle's older sister reacts to custody loss

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Updated: 7/11/2013 9:41 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Now 26 years old, Lindsay Hoy hasn't seen her mother Rayne Perrywinkle, since she was 5. She hasn't spoken to her in more than a decade, when Rayne, then Kimberly, left her home in Australia for the U.S., then changed her name.

"I just haven't had a relationship with her since," she said

Through a Skype audio interview from Australia, Hoy told Action News' Noel McLaren she's devastated over the kidnapping and tragic death of her little sister, Cherish Perrywinkle.

"I just burst into tears, I thought I'm not going to ever see my sister again or ever. I never met her before in my life and I'll never get that chance. It's been taken from me. It's horrible," she said.

Hoy says she now fears the worst for her two remaining siblings. Rayne's daughters are now in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.

She says her family in Australia plans to seek permanent custody, and that they weren't shocked when they found out the two little girls were taken away.

"I knew it was going to happen and I think we all prepared ourselves for it," said Hoy.

"We just want the best for those little girls and we want them to be safe and even though they don't know us we love them and we care about them," said Cathy Hoy, Cherish Perrywinkle's aunt and Rayne's sister.

The Hoy family in Australia says they want to make arrangements to come to the U.S. and meet Cherish's sisters.

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