DCFS visited family of slain 6-year-old North Chicago boy twice before death

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Posted: Jan 10, 2022 / 10:22 PM CST / Updated: Jan 10, 2022 / 10:30 PM CST

GARY, Ind. — A Department of Children and Family Services spokesperson confirms with WGN News that officials had interaction with the household of Damari Perry astatine slightest doubly earlier the 6-year-old’s assemblage was recovered past week successful Gary, Indiana.  

DCFS officials visited the Perry household erstwhile successful 2021 and antecedently successful 2014. 

The quality comes arsenic Damari’s mother, Jannie Perry, and 2 siblings were charged successful transportation with his death, successful what Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart called ‘one of the worse cases I’ve seen.” 

“He was placed into a acold ablution for an extended play of clip and held determination by household members,” Rinehart told WGN News connected Sunday. “At immoderate point, helium became unresponsive vomited and died.” 

Prosecutors alleged maltreatment and a cover-up pursuing the decease of Damari, saying that his mother, 20-year-old member and an unnamed juvenile hatched a program to punish the kid connected his birthday.  

After the 6-year-old lad took his past breath, prosecutors allege nary household members called 911.  

“They kept him determination for a mates of days and developed a program to get escaped of his remains,” Rinehart said.  

One of Damari’s household members made a mendacious missing person’s study past week, days aft the lad had already died. 

Authorities arrested Damari’s parent for first-degree murder, among different charges. Perry was taken to the infirmary Saturday aft complaining she was ill. She is nether constabulary custody and volition beryllium taken to enslaved tribunal erstwhile she is medically discharged from the hospital. 

On Sunday, a Lake County justice ordered Damari’s 20-year-old member Jeremiah Perry to beryllium held connected a $3 cardinal bond. Perry is charged with aggravated battery, concealing a homicidal decease and obstructing justice. 

The aesculapian examiner’s bureau scheduled an autopsy for Monday. Several of the mother’s children are present successful the attraction of DCFS.  

GoFundMe on behalf of the begetter of Damari Perry has been organized. 

Pending the results of an autopsy, Damari’s household could look much charges successful his death.

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