Mother accused of killing 6-year-old son misses court, back in hospital

  • Jannie Perry

    Jannie Perry

  • Damari Perry

    Damari Perry

Updated 2/14/2022 10:13 PM

A Lake County woman charged with murder in the death of her 6-year-old son missed a scheduled court appearance Monday because she is in the hospital, her lawyer said.

Jannie Perry, 38, faces charges of murder, aggravated battery of a child, dismembering a human body, conspiracy, aggravated domestic battery and more in connection with the killing of Damari Perry last month.


Jennifer Snyder of the Lake County Public Defender's office attorney said Perry's absence Monday morning was caused by a medical issue separate from her ongoing dialysis appointments.

Perry, who had been scheduled for arraignment Monday, is now scheduled to appear in court Friday.

Also charged with murder and other crimes in Damari's death is his older brother, Jeremiah Perry, 20. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week.

Authorities say Damari's naked body was found wrapped in a plastic trash bag Jan. 8 near an abandoned house in Gary, Indiana, three days after family members reported him missing.

Prosecutors have alleged the 6-year-old boy was forced into cold water for an extended period of time as punishment before he died.

Jannie Perry remains in jail on $5 million bail. Jeremiah Perry remains in jail on $3 million bail.

Another older brother of Damari faces charges in Lake County juvenile court.

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