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Victim of Donald Smith says she was not notified he was released from jail

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Updated: 6/24/2013 6:10 pm
BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- Stephanie Thornton wants to know why she was never told Donald Smith was released from jail.

Thornton says Smith, accused of kidnapping and murdering 8 year-old Cherish Perrywinkle, is the same man who terrorized her family four years ago.

"I wish he was dead," said Thornton.

In 2009 Smith was accused of posing as a Department of Children and Families employee in order to get close to Thornton's daughter, Christina, who was nine at the time.

Thornton says Smith claimed Christina had been raped and he needed to take her to get tested, he even arranged a meeting. Thornton became suspicious and alerted police.

She wants to know why he was ever released and why she did not know he was free until hearing through a friend he was all over the news.

"He's sick they need to electrocute him. Three weeks after you get out of jail you've done it again and killed a child," said Thornton.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, whether or not alleged victims were notified may come up in the course of the investigation into Perrywinkle's murder.

Thornton says she's now praying for the Perrywinkle family.

"It's hard knowing it could've happened to my daughter and that these parents have to go through this with their 8 year-old daughter," said Thornton.

Smith was charged with attempted impersonation of a public employee and attempted child abuse by mental harm in 2009. He served a year for each count and was released on May 31st of this year.

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