NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 6-year-old Harlem boy who was killed last month died as a result of fatal child abuse syndrome, the city’s medical examiner announced Thursday.
Zymere Perkins was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital on September 26.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine In New York: With Thousands Of Appointments Now Available, Some Local Leaders Voice Concerns About Vaccine Hesitancy
His mother, Geraldine Perkins, 26, and her boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, 42, were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
At the time, Perkins told police that Smith beat the boy with his fists and a broomstick.READ MORE: Police Rescue Dog With Paw Caught In Escalator At Jersey City PATH Station
A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said fatal child abuse syndrome means Zymere had evidence of acute and chronic abuse, fresh injuries and old scars.
The Administration for Children’s Services previously investigated five complaints of abuse and neglect involving Zymere.MORE NEWS: Police Trying To Identify Man Accused Of Making Anti-Asian Statements Toward Woman At Upper East Side Subway Station
Last week, the ACS suspended four top officials for dropping the ball in the investigation. Five others were placed on modified duty.