Damari Perry’s autopsy shows that he died of hypothermia; Mother charged with murder

LAKE COUNTY, Indiana (WLS) – The Lake County, Indiana coroner announced the cause of death for a 6-year-old boy whose body was found in Gary last week after he was reported missing.

In the autopsy results released Tuesday night, the Lake County Coroner Office said Damari Perry was found wrapped in a plastic trash bag with evidence that someone tried to burn his body after he died.

Perry’s core temperature was extremely cold and internal organs were partially frozen. On this basis, the coroner’s office said, his cause of death was determined to be hypothermic.

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Perry’s mother was charged with his murder, and two of his siblings were charged with hiding his body

Perry’s mother lost custody of the children in 2014 following an investigation into domestic violence by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Damari was placed in foster care shortly after he was born on December 30, 2015, a standard practice when someone is investigated and other children have been removed from a home, Department spokesman Bill McCaffrey said.

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Jannie M. Perry regained custody of her children in 2017 following a court order.

In court on Sunday on December 29, 2021, the public prosecutor announced that Damari’s mother had told relatives that the boy should be punished for something he had done. According to the prosecutor, the boy was given cold showers for an extended period of time. According to the prosecutor, he vomited and stopped responding.

Jannie and Jeremiah Perry, the child’s older brother, then discussed how to dispose of the boy’s body and took him to Indiana, prosecutors said on Sunday.

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Investigators said Damari Perry’s body was found Friday night near an abandoned house on Van Buren Street near Seventh Avenue in Gary.

On Wednesday the family had called to report the boy might be missing in Skokie, but investigators said they quickly focused on the boy’s home in north Chicago after evidence disproved the family’s history .

Jannie M. Perry has been charged with first degree murder, concealing a murder, and obstruction of justice. She is on trial on Monday.

Jeremiah Perry, the boy’s 20-year-old brother, appeared in court on Sunday and is being held on $ 3 million bond. He was also denied contact with family members. He is charged with grievous bodily harm by hiding a murder and obstruction of justice on his brother’s death.

A third family member, identified only as a minor sibling, is also charged, officials said.

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The FBI got involved in an interdepartmental search last week for the boy who was allegedly missing under “unusual circumstances”.
“Why should anyone hurt a child, my child at that,” said Perry’s father Dalvin Driver. “(It’s) was like a nightmare that ended yesterday when they told me my son wasn’t coming home.”

Additional charges may arise in the course of the investigation, prosecutors added.

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