Prosecutors said Sunday during a court hearing that Chicago was “punished” in the moments leading up to the death of 6-year-old Damari Perry, who was found dead in an abandoned home in Indiana over the weekend.
After investigators found Damari’s body in Gary, Indiana, police arrested the boy’s mother, 38-year-old Johnny Perry and his brother, 20-year-old Jeremiah Perry. The younger brother has also been arrested.
A 6-year-old child of a mother sibling who was arrested after missing Chicago has been found in Indiana
Jeremiah Perry appeared in court Sunday, where Lake County prosecutors described what they believe led to the boy’s death, LOVEBYLIFE32 Chicago Reported.
Prosecutors said Damari was forced to take a cold-water bath for an indefinite time on Dec. 29 and began vomiting before finally passing. According to prosecutors, he was removed from the cold water, but no one called 911 and the child died.
Jeremiah and Johnny Perry dispose of the body before reporting the missing boy on Wednesday.
Johnny Perry said a black female known as “Monique” and a black male known as “Waco” or “Chaos” drove Damari and his older sister and drove to a party in Skokie that afternoon. The police said there was no evidence of her claims, the station reported.
Jeremiah Perry is facing charges of aggravated battery for causing bodily harm to a child under the age of 12, malicious death and obstructing justice. He was on probation for possession of a firearm with a firearms identification card, and his bond was reportedly set at $ 3 million.
Johnny Perry did not appear in court Sunday. She is charged with first-degree murder, concealing the death of a homicide and obstructing justice.
The unidentified youngest brother is facing charges in juvenile court.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine the cause and manner of death.