It was nearing midnight on Friday, June 21, 2013. A frantic Rayne Perrywinkle called 911 from the Walmart on Lem Turner Road and told dispatchers that her 8-year-old daughter was missing.
"He took her, he took her away," she said, crying.
She told dispatchers that she'd searched the store for half an hour and couldn't find Cherish or the man they'd met earlier that day.
"He said his name is Don," she said. "He saw that I was struggling to buy them some clothes. He brought us here to buy some clothes."
Rayne Perrywinkle explained that she and her children met Don -- later identified as Donald James Smith -- outside the Dollar General Store on West Edgewood Avenue. She told dispatchers Smith claimed he was waiting for his wife. She never showed.
Instead, Smith suggested they meet his wife at the Walmart. He offered to take them there and buy the kids clothes with a $100 gift card, she said.
"The only reason I went with him because he said his wife was gonna be here, because I told him I don't take rides with strangers," she said in the call. "I had a bad feeling ... cause this is too good to be true."
Rayne Perrywinkle said the family and Smith were at the store for two hours. While browsing, she said she noticed that Smith acted fondly toward her daughter.
"He took her to the dressing rooms twice [and] I was hoping she would be okay and I was looking at the shoes. And I didn't want him to think I was overly protective, freaking out, but now ... they're not here," she said at one point during the call.
"He wanted to buy her these really tall shoes that were women's shoes and I told him 'no.' He was grooming her," she said later during the call.
While shopping, she said Smith offered to buy the family burgers from the McDonald's inside the store. Rayne Perrywinkle said in the call that despite her gut feeling, she let Cherish go with Smith and agreed to meet them at the checkout line. But they weren't there -- and van they arrived in was gone.
"I don't understand why he would leave right now unless he was gonna rape her and kill her -- that's the only reason," she said.
READ MORE: Transcript of Rayne Perrywinkle's 911 call
READ MORE: Cherish Perrywinkle's last moments released