Harlem, New York—Zymere Perkins, 6, died on September 26, 2016. Rysheim Smith, 42—is sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the abuse and murder of Zymere.
Before his death, Zymere endured several months of abuse from his mother, Geraldine Perkins, and her boyfriend, Smith. According to People News, in 2010, the couple began using drugs and abused Zymere as a form of discipline. Perkins, the mother, admitted to not doing anything while Zymere suffered.
Zymere died on September 26 due to being beaten with a broomstick and hanged behind a door by his shirt. Upon medical expectation, Zymere bore 30 fractured ribs and numerous blows to the chest.