Autopsy Results of Beaten 6-year-old Released
Zymere Perkins, 6, was discovered in his West 135th Street Harlem home on Sept. 26. His mother, 26-year-old Geraldine Perkins, and her boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, 42, where charged with child endangerment.
Perkins told cops Smith beat Zymere to death with a broomstick.
Now, the results of the child’s autopsy have been released. Zymere died due to fatal child abuse syndrome, the New York Post reports. Medical Examiner Office Spokeswoman, Julie Bolcer, classified the manner of death as a homicide.
She said Zymere’s remains had evidence of “acute and chronic abuse and neglect that ultimately led to his death.”
Charges against the boy’s mother and her boyfriend could be upgraded as a result of the autopsy results becoming formal.
The beating, prompted by him defecating in a bucket in the family’s apartment, revealed evidence of previous abuse. Multiple old bruises covered Zymere’s head and body, and were consistent with his being struck by different objects over time, sources said.
Last week, New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) temporarily removed four top officials from their positions in the wake of Zymere’s death.
Prior to the child’s death, Perkins had previously been the focus of at least five city investigations related to potential child abuse.