'Partially Frozen' Organs Found Inside 6-Year-Old Boy Who Was Allegedly Killed By Family Members, Autopsy Report Reveals
Damari Perry’s cause of death was determined to be hypothermia and the case was ruled a homicide.
January 09, 2022 at 8:55 pm
Update (Jan. 13, 2022): A coroner’s autopsy report reveals the internal organs inside of the 6-year-old boy found in an alley in Gary, Indiana, on Saturday were “partially frozen,” NBC 5 Chicago reports.
Damari Perry’s cause of death was determined to be hypothermia and the case was ruled a homicide. Authorities allege the Chicago boy was killed and dumped by his family before they reported him missing.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office in northwest Indiana conducted the postmortem examination and found "scattered ecchymosis on the right leg, extremely cold core temperature, and partially frozen internal organs." The autopsy also noted signs of "postmortem thermal injury/charring" on the child's body.
Three of Damari’s family members, including his mother, were arrested on charges related to his death. The mom, Jannie Perry, was charged with first-degree murder and concealing a homicidal death, while Damari’s 20-year-old brother, Jeremiah Perry, was charged with aggravated battery on a child, concealing a homicidal death and obstructing justice.
A second sibling is also facing serious charges, but officials are not releasing their name and information due to the sibling’s age. The case is being handled by the Lake County State’s attorney's office in Illinois.
Original (Jan. 10, 2022): Damari Perry, a 6-year-old boy who went missing from his home in Chicago on Wednesday, was found dead near an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana, on Friday. Police said three family members who are accused of being involved in the child's death are in custody.
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