'Murdered' Damari Perry was forced to sit in cold shower as punishment by family on day of his death, prosecutors say

DAMARI Perry was allegedly forced to sit in a cold shower as a punishment by his family on the day of his death, according to prosecutors.

The six-year-old was not reported missing until January 5.

Kyle Doyle, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney, said that Damari's family members reported that on December 30, he “did something that the mother felt needed to be punished for,” according to Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

Damari was then placed in a bathtub or shower with cold water running for an “extended period of time,” according to Doyle, who added that the boy then vomited and died.

Prosecutors said the punishment was aided by a sibling of the boy.

911 was not called. Instead, the boy's family discussed how to get rid of the body.

It took Damari's family six days to report the boy as "missing."

The FBI as well as the North Chicago Police Department then located the boy's body late in the evening on Friday, January 7, near an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana, according to reports.

On January 8, Jannie M. Perry, the boy's mother, was charged with first-degree murder, concealment of a homicidal death, and obstructing justice, according to the Lake County, Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jeremiah R. Perry, the 20-year-old sibling of Damari, was also charged on Saturday with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a child under 12, concealing a homicidal death, and obstructing justice.

Another sibling, who is underage and has not been identified, is facing charges in Lake County’s Juvenile Court.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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