Autopsy Discovers Six-Year-Old Chicago Boy Killed by His Mother and Siblings Died of Hypothermia and Was Partially Burned

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The 6-year-old North Chicago boy who authorities say was killed by his family then reported missing days later died of hypothermia and was partially burned after his death, the coroner’s office said Tuesday.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office in northwest Indiana conducted the postmortem examination on Damari Perry on Monday morning after the FBI found the boy’s body early Saturday, the coroner’s office said in a statement.

The autopsy found “scattered ecchymosis on the right leg, extremely cold core temperature, and partially frozen internal organs,” the coroner’s office said, adding that there was “postmortem thermal injury/charring” on the child’s body.

The coroner’s office said his pending cause of death was hypothermia, ruling it a homicide.

The FBI found Damari’s body early Saturday morning in the alley between the 700 blocks of Harrison Street and Van Buren Avenue in Gary, Indiana, officials said. The coroner’s office said his body was found naked and wrapped in a plastic trash bag.

Damari’s mother and two siblings have been charged in connection with his death, the state’s attorney’s office in Lake County, Illinois, announced Saturday, hours after the boy’s body had been found.

His mother Jannie Perry, 38, faces charges of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicidal death. Damari Perry’s older brother Jeremiah Perry, 20, was charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a child under 12, concealing a homicidal death, and obstructing justice. A second juvenile sibling was arrested for charges related to concealing the boy’s body.

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