Chicago boy, 6, dies result of harsh punishment inflicted on his mother: prosecutors

Damari Perry, the 6-year-old from Chicago who was found dead in an abandoned Indiana house over the weekend, was “punished” in the moments leading up to his death, prosecutors said on Sunday during ‘a court hearing.

After investigators discovered Damari’s body in Gary, Indiana, police arrested the boy’s mother, Jannie Perry, 38, and his brother, Jeremiah Perry, 20. A younger brother was also arrested.


Jeremiah Perry appeared in court on Sunday where Lake County prosecutors detailed what they said led to the boy’s death, FOX32 Chicago reported.

Damari Perry, 6, was reported missing in Chicago on January 5. Investigators found his body on Saturday near an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana.
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Prosecutors said Damari was forced to take a cold shower indefinitely on December 29 and eventually began to vomit before passing out. He was removed from the cold water, prosecutors said, but no one called 911 and the child died.

Jeremiah and Jannie Perry reportedly disposed of the body before reporting the boy’s disappearance on Wednesday.

Jannie Perry claimed that Damari and her older sister were picked up by a black woman known as “Monique” and a black man known as “Wacko” or “Chaos” and were taken to a party in Skokie that afternoon. Police said there was no evidence for his claims, the station reported.

The child's body was found near an abandoned house in the 700 block of Van Buren Street in Gary, Indiana.

The child’s body was found near an abandoned house in the 700 block of Van Buren Street in Gary, Indiana.
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Jeremiah Perry faces charges of aggravated assault causing bodily harm to a child under 12, covering up a homicide death and obstructing justice. He was on probation for possession of a gun with a gun owner ID and his bond was set at $ 3 million, according to the report.


Jannie Perry did not appear in court on Sunday. She is charged with first degree murder, concealing a homicidal death and obstructing justice.

The underage brother, who has not been identified, was facing charges in juvenile court.

An autopsy to determine the cause and mode of Damari’s death was scheduled for Monday.

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