Sex Offender Charged with Fla. Girl's Death

Sex Offender Charged with Fla. Girl's Death

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

(AP) - Authorities say a registered sex offender is charged with murder in the death of a Florida girl abducted while shopping with her mother.

Mike Williams of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Saturday that Donald James Smith befriended 8-year-old Charish Perriwinkle and her mother Friday night at a dollar store and offered to buy them clothes at Wal-Mart.

Williams says Smith took them to Wal-Mart, then told the mother he would buy them a snack at the front of the store. Instead, authorities say Smith walked out with Charish.

A tip led investigators to a wooded area where they found Charish's body Saturday morning.

Williams says Smith was released from jail May 31 and met with police Friday morning when officers visited to check his address, as required by state law.

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