JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Billy James Jarreau, the father of Cherish Perrywinkle has released a statement through his attorney, Gerald Wilkerson, in the wake of his daughter's death:
"Cherish's father would like to thank JSO and all who helped in the investigation for bringing a quick resolution to this tragic event. He would also like to express his sincere thanks to all those who have extended their condolences.
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"He is grieving for the loss of his daughter and is heart broken that the long custody battle he has been involved in has ended in tragedy. Over the past years, he has fought diligently to gain custody of Cherish because he feared for her safety in the Mother's custody.
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"Just this morning, he expected to pick Cherish at the airport for his summer visit with her. Instead, he received news of his daughter's disappearance and death because of the Mother's neglect.
"Mr. Jarreau hopes that his daughter's death sheds light on the hazard of allowing dangerous pedophiles to remain in our community.
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"He feels that the legal system has failed his daughter."
First Coast News