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 (http://goo.gl/ul4ObI ) 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, http://www.jacksonville.com