Autopsy shows attempt to burn boy’s body after hypothermic death – Action News Jax
GARY, Ind. – The body of a 6-year-old boy from suburban Chicago has been partially charred, indicating that someone attempted to burn the child’s body after his death, an Indiana coroner’s office reported.
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The body of Damari Perry, of North Chicago, was found near an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana on Saturday, WLS-TV reported. Authorities found the boy partially naked and wrapped in a plastic trash bag, WFLD-TV reported.
According to a statement from the Lake County, Indiana coroner’s office on Tuesday, a preliminary finding showed Perry died of hypothermia, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The findings are consistent with authorities in Lake County, Illinois, who said Perry was subjected to a forced cold shower by his family, resulting in his death, the newspaper reported.
An autopsy found patchy bruising – a discoloration of the skin caused by deep bruising and bleeding underneath – on his right leg, WBBM-TV reported. The coroner’s office also said the boy’s internal organs were partially frozen, the TV station reported.
“He was placed in a cold shower for an extended period, held there by family members under the direction of the mother,” Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart told WGN-TV. “We believe the mother may have been involved as well, and at one point he became unconscious, vomited and died.”
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Jannie M. Perry, 38, the mother of the child, has been charged with first degree murder, concealment of manslaughter and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said at a press conference on Saturday after -midday. The boy’s brother, Jeremiah R. Perry, 20, was also charged with aggravated bodily harm, covering up a homicide and obstruction of justice. A third family member, identified only as a 17-year-old younger brother, also faces undisclosed charges, according to WLS.
Jannie Perry remained hospitalized with an undisclosed illness, the Tribune reported. Jeremiah Perry, his eldest son, had a public advocate appointed to represent him, the newspaper reported. A judge has ordered Jeremiah Perry’s detention on $ 3 million bail and set his next court date for February 1, the Daily Herald reported.
Lake County prosecutors on Sunday said in court that on December 29, 2021, Jannie Perry told family members the child should be punished, WLS reported. The judge also noted that Damari Perry had a disability.
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According to officials from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Jannie Perry lost custody of her children in 2014 following a domestic violence complaint, the Tribune reported. When Damari Perry was born in late 2015, he also joined his six siblings in foster care, the DCFS said, before Perry regained custody in 2017, according to the newspaper.
DCFS investigated a complaint involving Damari Perry in 2021, but the agency determined it was unfounded, a spokesperson for the department told the Tribune on Monday.
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