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Woman accused of death of 6-year-old son lost custody of her children for 3 years, DCFS says – NBC Chicago

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The north Chicago woman accused of killing her 6-year-old son previously lost custody of all of her children between 2014 and 2017, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said.

Jannie Perry, 38, faces multiple charges, including first degree murder, in connection with the death of her son Damari Perry, whose body was found Saturday in Gary, Indiana, three days after her death. family reported his disappearance.

Two of Damari Perry’s older siblings were also charged with his death after prosecutors said the story his family told investigators when the child was reported missing was then ruled “completely. fake”.

DCFS spokesperson Bill McCaffrey said Tuesday that in 2014 there was an allegation of domestic violence between parents that the agency investigated and found to be true. DCFS then took custody of the four children who were in the house at the time, according to McCaffrey.

In 2014, Jannie Perry gave birth to a fifth child, who was taken into custody, according to DCFS. On December 30, 2015, she gave birth to Damari Perry, who was also arrested and placed in foster care, the agency said. Then, in 2017, Jannie Perry gave birth to a seventh child who was also taken into custody, officials said.

DCFS said agency records showed the court ordered the return of all children to Jannie Perry’s home in 2017. McCaffrey said DCFS had no further contact with the family until May 2021 , where an allegation of abuse and neglect has been made. It was investigated, determined to be unfounded and subsequently closed, he said.

Boone County court records show that in June 2014, Jannie Perry unsuccessfully argued for a protective order against Damari Perry’s father, Dalvin Driver, accusing him of strangling her three times over several years in ‘interval. It is not known if it was the domestic violence allegation that prompted the DCFS investigation.

Relatives of 6-year-old Damari Perry joined them for a balloon released on Monday in honor of their loved one just days after his death. NBC 5’s Christian Farr reports.

Jannie Perry was arrested later that same year, in October 2014, on charges of resistance and obstructing an officer after police were called to fight in the back of a taxi , according to court documents filed in the case. She pleaded guilty to the charges, according to the records.

Boone County records also show that in 2015, DCFS sought child support from Jannie Perry for two of her children who were in foster care at the time. The court ultimately dismissed the agency’s request.

Authorities say family members reported Damari Perry missing on January 5, prompting the FBI to issue an alert on his disappearance.

The family first told police the boy and his 16-year-old sister were taken to a party in the Skokie area by a man and a woman the day before, the FBI said.

Damari Perry’s sister said she had several drinks at the party and fell asleep, authorities said. When she woke up, Damari Perry and the man were no longer at the residence, police were told.

After evidence contradicted the family history, investigators focused on the boy’s home in north Chicago, according to the state attorney’s office in the northern suburb of Lake County, in the United States. Illinois.

Information from witnesses brought investigators to Gary, Indiana, where authorities said the FBI discovered Damari Perry’s body early Saturday morning in the alley between the 700 blocks of Harrison Street and Van Buren. Avenue, officials said.

Jannie Perry has been charged with first degree murder and concealment of a homicide death, prosecutors said on Saturday, hours after the boy’s body was discovered. Damari Perry’s older brother Jeremiah Perry, 20, 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 second underage brother has been arrested on charges related to concealing the boy’s body.

A mother and her two siblings were charged on Saturday in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy missing in north Chicago. NBC’s Lexi Sutter reports 5.

Prosecutors alleged in a court hearing for Jeremiah Perry on Sunday that Damari Perry “did something to upset the family” on December 29, and as a result, family members put him under a cold shower for an indefinite period as a punishment.

At one point, Damari threw up and was then taken out of the shower, prosecutors said. The young boy ultimately died and his relatives did not seek medical attention, officials said, who said the family later brought his body to Indiana.

The Lake County coroner’s office in northwest Indiana performed an autopsy on Damari Perry on Monday morning, the coroner’s office said Tuesday.

The coroner’s office said the boy’s body was found naked and wrapped in a plastic garbage bag, and was partially burned after his death.

The autopsy revealed “scattered bruising on the right leg, an extremely cold core temperature and partially frozen internal organs,” the coroner’s office said, adding that there was “post-mortem thermal injury / charring.” on the child’s body.

The coroner’s office said her impending cause of death was hypothermia, considering it homicide.

Further charges could be laid after the autopsy is complete and as the investigation progresses, prosecutors have previously said.

A judge on Sunday ordered Jeremiah Perry’s detention on $ 3 million bail, according to the Lake County State Attorney’s Office. Jannie Perry was taken to hospital on Saturday after saying she was ill, officials said, noting that she would be taken to bail court once she was released from the hospital.

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