Damari Perry’s body was found in an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana on the night of January 8, days after he was reported missing on January 5 by his mother and a brother, according to North Chicago police. .
In a press release, North Chicago Police said the family initially provided information indicating that Damari may be missing in Skokie, Illinois. “But investigators quickly focused on the boy’s home in North Chicago after the family story was contradicted by evidence in Skokie,” according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
“Late Friday night, FBI agents and North Chicago detectives focused their investigation on the mother and her adult siblings,” according to the press release. “Information from witnesses led to the discovery of Damari’s body in Lake County, Indiana.”
The mother and two siblings were taken into police custody late Friday night and charged early Saturday after Damari’s body was discovered, according to the state prosecutor’s press release. Jannie M. Perry, 38, has been charged with first degree murder, cover-up murder and obstruction of justice.
Damari’s 20-year-old brother Jeremiah R. Perry has been charged with aggravated bodily harm causing serious bodily harm to a child under 12, covering up a homicidal death and obstructing justice. A younger brother from Damari faces charges in Lake County Juvenile Court, the statement said.
It is not known if the suspects have retained the services of a lawyer at this time.
At a bail hearing for Jeremiah Perry on Sunday, prosecutors provided a timeline of the events leading up to Damari’s death.
Lake County State Attorney’s Office spokesman Jim Newton said the victim’s family punished Damari for something he did the night before by putting him in a cold shower for an indefinite period of time. . In the shower, Damari reportedly started to vomit. He was not responding by the time he was taken off, Newton said.
Newton also said the family did not seek emergency help and when they determined the child was dead he was taken to an abandoned Indiana house where he was left.
A judge set the bond at $ 3 million for the 20-year-old brother, Newton said.
The mother did not appear in court, according to Newton. The younger brother appeared in court; However, Newton told CNN that there was no information to release about him.
The state attorney’s press release said more charges may be laid as the investigation continues. An autopsy is scheduled for next week in Indiana.