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North Chicago woman charged with killing her son discharged from hospital, held in jail on $5 million bond

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 […]

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Coroner rules Damari Perry’s death a homicide, says boy was found naked wrapped in bag

The coroner’s office has ruled 6-year-old Damari Perry’s death a homicide and said the boy had bruises and burns on his body. His cause of death was hypothermia. The Lake County, Indiana Coroner’s Office released the information Tuesday following a Monday autopsy. Damari had “scattered ecchymosis on the right leg, extremely cold core temperature, and […]

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‘A failed system’: State rep from Fox Lake calls for investigation into DCFS following death of Damari Perry

Illinois State Representative Tom Weber, based in Fox Lake, has called for an investigation into DCFS policies, laws and leadership following the death of 6-year-old Damari Perry. “The stories of incompetence from DCFS are sadly ever present; the improper removal of well-cared for children like baby girl Bougher, the deaths of AJ Freund and Damari […]

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DCFS investigated report of neglect, abuse involving 6-year-old Damari Perry months before his death

Damari Perry, the North Chicago boy found murdered allegedly by his mother, was placed into foster care with his siblings when he was born, according to DCFS, who said they investigated a report of abuse months before his death. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had taken four children into custody from Jannie […]

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‘He was the life of me’: Fundraiser started to help father pay funeral costs for son Damari Perry

A fundraiser has been started to help the father of 6-year-old Damari Perry pay for funeral expenses for his son, who authorities say was murdered by his mother, with the help of two siblings in North Chicago. A GoFundMe account was created by Jakara Hunter, Damari’s stepbrother, for Dalvin Driver, who was the father of […]

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Mother charged with killing son Damari Perry hospitalized, delaying her initial court appearance

Officials say the North Chicago woman charged with killing her son, 6-year-old Damari Perry, is in the hospital, causing her initial bond hearing appearance to be delayed. Jannie M. Perry, 38, of North Chicago, was charged with first-degree murder, concealment of a homicidal death and obstructing justice. The charges against the woman are for the […]

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Prosecutor says mother, sibling of Damari Perry ‘punished’ child in cold shower, leading to his death

Prosecutors say the mother charged with killing her 6-year-old Damari Perry “punished” the boy with the help of a sibling and kept him in a cold shower for an extended period before he died at their North Chicago home. Damari Perry, 6, of North Chicago, was reported missing around 5 p.m. Wednesday. His body was […]

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Mother charged with murdering 6-year-old North Chicago boy; siblings charged with hiding body

Prosecutors have charged a mother with killing her 6-year-old boy in North Chicago and falsely reporting him missing. The boy’s two siblings have been charged with helping conceal the body. Damari Perry, 6, of North Chicago, was reported missing around 5 p.m. Wednesday. Perry’s body was found late Friday night. North Chicago Police Chief Lazaro […]

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3 family members in custody after missing 6-year-old North Chicago boy found dead in Indiana, police say

Police say three family members are in custody after 6-year-old Damari Perry, who went missing from North Chicago several days ago, was found dead in Indiana. Damari L. Perry, 6, was reported missing around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to the North Chicago Police Department. Multiple sources reported Friday evening that Perry had been found dead […]