A north Chicago mother and two of her children have been charged in connection to the gruesome murder of 6-year-old Damari Perry, their young son and brother, after the boy's body was found wrapped in a trash bag and dumped near an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana, Friday night.
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In a shocking autopsy report released Tuesday, the coroner's office in Lake County, Indiana, found Perry had an extremely cold core temperature and partially frozen internal organs. The coroner determined he died of hypothermia and ruled his death a homicide.
His mother, Jannie Perry, 38, has since been charged with first-degree murder, concealment of a homicide, and obstruction of justice, according to WLS-TV.
The boy's older brother, 20-year-old Jeremiah Perry, has been charged with aggravated battery, concealing a homicide, and obstruction of justice. Another sibling, described as a juvenile, is also facing charges. However, that individual's identity has not been released.
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Prosecutors allege that on Dec. 29, Jannie Perry and the boy's two siblings placed Damari in a freezing shower for an extended period of time as punishment for something he had done and held him there until he vomited and later became unresponsive.
After Damari died, Jannie and Jeremiah Perry allegedly discussed how they could dispose of his body and get away with the murder. At which point, they decided to conceal the boy's body in a trash bag and transport it across state lines into Gary, Indiana. There, they dumped it in a field next to an abandoned house. Then on Jan. 5, the family reported Damari missing.
Investigators claim that at first, Damari's mother said her son was last seen on Jan. 4 in Skokie, Illinois, with his 16-year-old sister at her friend's home, WFLD-TV reported. Jannie Perry suggested his sister was drinking and fell asleep and by the time she woke up, Damari was gone.
The FBI joined a multi-department search for the boy, though the bureau noted he had gone missing under "unusual circumstances." After further investigation, authorities concluded that the family's story was false.
In a statement this week, Lake County State's Attorney Eric Rinehart thanked the many individuals who aided the investigation and promised that justice would be served.
"Prosecutors, investigators, and victim support professionals worked late into the night and into the early morning to make sure we understood this tragic crime now, because of their rigorous and detailed investigation, we will be able to bring Damari's killers to justice in a courtroom," he said.
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