The North Chicago woman charged with killing her 6-year-old son Damari Perry is being held in jail on a $5 million bond after being released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Jannie M. Perry, 38, of North Chicago, was charged last week with first-degree murder, concealment of a homicidal death and obstructing justice.
Jannie Perry was scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday but did not appear.
Police said she was taken to the hospital on Saturday after complaining that she was ill.
The woman was under police custody at the hospital and a warrant had been issued.
She was transported to the Lake County, Illinois Jail on Wednesday after being discharged from the hospital.
Jannie Perry appeared in Wednesday afternoon bond court in front of Lake County Judge Raymond Collins.
Collins ordered Jannie Perry held in the Lake County Jail on a $5 million bond. She would have to post $500,000 cash in order to be released.
Prosecutors did not release any additional details about the allegations against the woman during the bond hearing.
“Our victim advocates, prosecutors, and detectives continue to support the family in this case while awaiting the official autopsy results from Lake County, Indiana. We believe that the Court made the right decision with respect to this defendant’s bond and custody status,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said following the bond hearing.
Prosecutors also charged Damari’s 20-year-old brother, Jeremiah R. Perry, with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a child under 12, concealing a homicidal death and obstructing justice.
A third defendant, who authorities said is a juvenile family member, was also charged in the case.
During a Sunday bond hearing, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Kyle Doyle said the family of Damari reported that the boy “did something that the mother felt needed to be punished for” on December 29.
The next day, Damari was put into a tub or shower with the cold water on for an “extended period of time,” Doyle said.
Damari vomited and became unresponsive. It was determined the boy was deceased but no one in the family called 911, Doyle said.
The incident occurred at the family’s apartment in the 1700 block of Sheridan Road in North Chicago.
Doyle said that Jannie Perry and Jeremiah Perry discussed how to dispose of the body and ended up taking it to Indiana.
On January 5, almost a week after Damari’s death, the family reported the boy missing.
Rinehart said investigators determined the family’s story about Damari going missing in Skokie was “completely false.”
Information from witnesses led to the discovery of Damari’s body near an abandoned house in the 700 block of Van Buren Street in Gary, Indiana, according to police and the state’s attorney’s office.
The boy was found wrapped naked in a plastic trash bag, the Lake County, Indiana Coroner’s Office said on Tuesday.
He had bruises, an extremely cold core temperature and partially frozen internal organs, an autopsy found.
His death was ruled a homicide and the cause of death was ruled hypothermia. The coroner’s office said Damari also had postmortem burns.
Jannie Perry is scheduled to appear in court again on February 8 for a preliminary hearing.
Jeremiah Perry, who remains held in jail on a $3 million bond, is scheduled to appear in court again on February 1 for a preliminary hearing.