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6-Year-Old Harlem Boy Endured Months of Brutal Abuse Before Death, DA Says

(DNAINFO) Ben Fractenberg Dartunorro Clark and Jeff Mays | September 29, 2016 — Four agencies investigated Zymere Perkins’ abuse in April but left the 6-year-old with his mother.

The death of a 6-year-old Harlem boy found unconscious in his home this week was the result of months of brutal abuse and beatings by his mother’s boyfriend, prosecutors said Thursday.

Zymere Perkins’ mother Geraldine Perkins, who was charged in connection to his death along with her boyfriend boyfriend Rysheim Smith, told investigators that she saw Smith beat her son in their West 135th Street apartment multiple times, prosecutors said.

Perkins told officials that since she and her son moved in with Smith in June, she’d seen him hit the boy with closed fists, open hands, broomsticks and other objects, and had also seen him grab the boy by his neck.

An autopsy revealed that Zymere had multiple bruises on his torso, bruises and finger marks on his neck, multiple fractured ribs that had healed and other injuries, including a contusion to his head, according to the city’s Medical Examiner.

Officials have said that the city’s ACS had investigated Perkins five times for abuse and had substantiated allegations of abuse, but allowed her to keep the child.

Source: 6-Year-Old Harlem Boy Endured Months of Brutal Abuse Before Death, DA Says – Central Harlem – DNAinfo New York