Sadness Over Harlem Boy’s Death


AT ANNUNCIATION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE YONKERS. TONY AIELLO, CBS 2 NEWS. THANK YOU. THERE IS SHOCK AND SADNESS OVER THE DEATH OF A SIX-YEAR- OLD BOY. THE CHILD APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN FATALLY BEATEN AT HIS HOME IN HARLEM. HIS MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND ARE UNDER ARREST. YOU MAGDALENA DORISCBS 2’S MAGDALENA DORIS REPORTS. Reporter: THE MEDICAL EXAMINER IS STILL WORKING TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR LITTLE ZYMERE PERKINS. ONCE THEY DO SO, HIS MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND WILL LEARN THE CHARGES THAT THEY WILL FACE. [ INAUDIBLE ] HIS LIFELESS LITTLE BODY. IT WAS SO SCARY. SO SAD. WHEN I PUT HIS SHIRT UP TO TRY TO MAYBE SEE WHERE WE COULD DO THE, YOU KNOW, TRY TO RESUSCITATE HIM, I SEE ALL THE BRUISES. Reporter: SHE IS TALKING ABOUT 6-YEAR-OLD ZYMERE PERKINS. POLICE SAY HE WAS CARRIED OUT OF HIS HARLEM APARTMENT BUILDING MONDAY MORNING UNCONSCIOUS IN THE ARMS OF HIS MOTHER, GERALDINE. TODAY, THE 26-YEAR-OLD AND HER BOYFRIEND 42-YEAR-OLD RASHEEM SMITH ARE CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH HIS DEATH. THE MAIN QUESTION IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THAT APARTMENT. WHAT WERE THEY DOING TO THAT KID? Reporter: THE NEIGHBORS SAY THE FAMILY WAS ON 135th STREET AND BROADWAY WITHOUT A CURRENT LEASE USING AN EXTENSION CORD TO CONNECT POWER IN THE HALLWAY TO THEIR HOME. ON THAT MORNING POLICE SAY ZYMERE WAS BEATEN IN APARTMENT 3C STRUCK OVER AND OVER WITH A BROKEN BROOMSTICK BY HIS MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND. AND THEN HELD UNDER WATER IN THE SHOWER UNTIL HE FELL UNCONSCIOUS. A NEIGHBOR SAYS ZYMERE FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS AND HIS DEATH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. ACS BEEN HERE NUMEROUS TIMES LIKE FOR MYSELF I HAVE SEEN THEM THREE TIMES, THREE TIMES MYSELF. Reporter: ACS INVESTIGATED GERALDINE PERKINS FIVE TIMES SINCE 2010. HIS LAST SCHOOL PS 192 EVEN CALLED THE AGENCY TO REPORT BRUISING. BUT YET LET IT GO? THAT I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND AT ALL. THAT GETS ME MORE ANGRIER. Reporter: THE FAMILY OF GERALDINE PERKINS CAME TO COURT TO SUPPORT HER. HER AUNT SAYS SHE WAS BEING TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. MY NIECEMY NIECE IS INNOCENT! [ SCREAMING ] Reporter: THEY WERE BOTH CHARGED WITH ACTING IN A MANNER INJURIOUS TO A CHILD, THAT MAY BE UPGRADED.

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