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Officials reprimanded over child killing case

September 20, 2013
Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Police union officials say the head of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office homicide unit has been suspended and transferred because of the police response to the June kidnapping and slaying of 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle.

Fraternal Order of Police attorney Phil Vogelsang told the Florida Times-Union ( ) that Lt. Rob Schoonover was ordered suspended Thursday for three days and told he was being moved out of his job. Sgt. Lonnie Mills received a written reprimand and was also ordered out of the homicide unit.

Cherish was found dead the day after she was abducted from a Jacksonville Wal-Mart on June 21.

Sheriff John Rutherford said in June that a chain of command failure was to blame for a five-hour delay between police learning that Cherish Perrywinkle was missing and the first public notification that she had been abducted.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union,



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