A mother and sibling arrested after a 6-year-old in Chicago was found dead in Indiana


The mother and two siblings of a 6-year-old Chicago boy have been arrested in connection with a child’s death after being found near an abandoned home in Indiana Saturday, officials said.

Three adult family members arrested in connection with the death of Damari Perry were taken into custody Saturday, North Chicago Police Department He said in a news release.

The missing Chicago boy, 6, was found dead in an abandoned home in Indiana

Prosecutors in Lake County said 38-year-old Johnny M. Kerr. Perry accused her of killing her son, and charged her with first-degree murder, concealing the death of a homicide, and obstructing justice. LOVEBYLIFE32 Chicago Reported.

6-year-old Damari Perry was reported missing Jan. 5 in Chicago. Investigators seized his body near an abandoned home in Gary, Indiana, on Saturday. (North Chicago Police Department)
(North Chicago Police Department)

Damari is survived by his brother, 20-year-old Jeremiah R. Prosecutors say Perry has been charged with aggravated battery, causing bodily harm to a child under the age of 12, malicious death and obstructing justice. The second brother, who cannot be identified as being a juvenile, is facing charges in juvenile court.

Investigators found Damari’s body near an abandoned home in Gary, Indiana, early Saturday morning. It was not immediately clear how the dead body ended up there.

According to North Chicago Police, Damari wore a black jacket, concealed trousers and black sneakers with her older sister in Skokie, Illinois, around 3 pm local time on Tuesday.

The child's body was found near an abandoned home in the 700 block of Van Buren Street in Gary, Indiana.  (Google Maps)

The child’s body was found near an abandoned home in the 700 block of Van Buren Street in Gary, Indiana. (Google Maps)
(Google Maps)

The station previously reported that Johnny Perry claimed that Damari and his older sister had been taken by a black girl known as “Monique” and a black male known as “Waco” or “Chaos” and drove to a party in Skokie that afternoon. .

She claims her daughter drank alcohol at the party and fell asleep, and when she woke up, both Damari and “Waco” went, officials told the station. She says “Monique” drove her daughter home without Damari.

The Lake County, Indiana, coroner’s office is conducting an autopsy on Damari’s body “in the near future” to determine the cause of death.

Audrey Conklin of LBL contributed to this report.

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