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Old 12-13-2019, 12:05 PM
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Zymere Perkins’ mom admits lying to cops about his murder
By Rebecca Rosenberg
December 12, 2019 | 9:36pm


Geraldine Perkins takes the stand at the trial of her ex-boyfriend Ryshiem Smith. Steven Hirsch


Zymere Perkins’ mom admitted Thursday she initially lied to cops about her son’s murder to minimize her culpability.

On Sept. 26, 2016, Geraldine Perkins, 29, passively stood by as her ex-boyfriend, Rysheim Smith, 45, allegedly beat her 6-year-old with a broomstick handle then left him to die. Smith allegedly left the apartment for 2¹/₂ hours, but Perkins didn’t call the police or try to get help.

During cross-examination Thursday, Perkins said she falsely told detectives and prosecutors Smith had left for just 15 minutes.

“You wanted them to give you as little jail time as you could get?” asked defense attorney Heather Smith.

“Yes,” Perkins said.

Perkins is testifying against Smith as part of a plea deal that will see her sentenced to two to six years in prison.

His lawyers say Perkins, not Smith, abused and ultimately killed Zymere.
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Mom and boyfriend ‘equally responsible’ for Zymere Perkins’ murder: prosecutors
By Elizabeth Rosner and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
January 13, 2020 | 5:50pm | Updated

Six-year-old Zymere Perkins’ mom and her boyfriend are “equally responsible” for his “depraved” slaying, Manhattan prosecutors acknowledged Monday during closing arguments in the boyfriend’s murder trial.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry O’Connell said that while Rysheim Smith faces life in prison for the boy’s fatal 2016 beating, his mother, Geraldine Perkins, is just as responsible for his death — even though prosecutors gave her a slap-on-the-wrist plea deal.

“[Zymere] didn’t have to imagine anything to be afraid of,” O’Connell said in Manhattan Supreme Court. “He didn’t have monsters. He had two horrible human beings living down the hall next to him.”

“Rysheim and Geraldine are both equally responsible for his depraved murder.”

Perkins, 29, agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter and to testify against Smith in exchange a more lenient prison sentence of two to six years. She’s already spent three years behind bars, for which she’ll get credit, which means she could walk free at sentencing.

But prosecutors on Monday argued that Smith, 49, is the one who inflicted the physical damage that killed on the little boy on Sept. 26, 2016, while Perkins just stood by.

Prosecutors alleged that Smith starved and tortured the boy for months, then finally killed him inside the family’s unkempt Harlem apartment — bludgeoning him with a broomstick, shoving him under a cold shower and then hanging him, wet and unconscious, on a hook, before throwing him against a wall.

O’Connell told the jurors Monday that Smith “admitted he knew Zymere was petrified of the cold shower,” and “admitted that he physically disciplined “ the boy.

The prosecutor said Zymere was “severely malnourished, significantly dehydrated” as a result of the ongoing abuse.

“Was he aware of the grave risk of physical injury?” O’Connell said. “Who could not be aware of that? Look at the kid’s body.”

She argued that Perkins — who she said is around 5-feet tall and weighed 100 pounds at the time — was physically incapable of inflicting the tenderizing found on Zymere’s body.

An autopsy revealed the little boy had more than 30 rib fractures, and jurors on Monday turned their heads away when shown images of Zymere’s bruised body.

Perkins admitted during her testimony in Smith’s trial that she had previously beat Zymere with a belt and starved him as punishment, and did nothing to intervene in his fatal beating.

She said she spent 10 minutes putting on makeup before taking her son’s lifeless body to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

But in his closings, Smith’s lawyer argued that Perkins was the real killer.

Defense attorney Arnold Levine alleged the mom couldn’t handle her hyperactive son, and finally snapped — worried that the boy would destroy her relationship with Smith.

“Geraldine felt that Zymere is jeopardizing her relationship with prince charming,” the lawyer said. “She is afraid. She is taking it out on Zymere.”

He told jurors that Perkins “lied at every stage” of the case, and cut the plea deal to save herself.

“She has never taken responsibility,” he said. “She had to give up Rysheim to get something.”

“Rysheim cared whether that little boy lived or died that day,” Levine added. “She did not. She killed her little boy.”

The Administration for Children’s Services had five prior investigations into alleged abuse of Zymere when he died, and the tragic case sparked an outcry about failings in the city’s child services system.

The jury is scheduled to begin deliberations Tuesday.
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Harlem man found guilty of beating 6-year-old Zymere Perkins to death
By Elizabeth Rosner and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
January 15, 2020 | 4:20pm | Updated

A Manhattan jury on Wednesday found the ex-boyfriend of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins’ mother guilty for beating the boy to death in 2016.

Rysheim Smith, 49, was convicted in Manhattan Supreme Court of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, first- and second-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree assault for the youngster’s bludgeoning death on Sept. 26, 2016.

He faces up to life in prison at his sentencing, scheduled for March 27.

Sitting at the defense table, Smith dropped his head as the first guilty verdict was read for the murder rap — then shook his head in disbelief as the rest came down.

The jury of five men and seven women deliberated for 12 hours over two days before turning in the verdict in what Judge Ruth Pickholtz noted was “a long and difficult trial.”

Prosecutors argued that Smith starved and tortured the boy for months. The day before he died, they said Smith flew into a rage because Zymere defecated inside the family’s disheveled Harlem home.

He then bludgeoned the boy with a broomstick, shoved him under a cold shower then hung him on a hook, wet and unconscious — and mortally injured, they said.

Smith then threw Zymere against a wall and he crumpled to the ground — where he lay while the man went out to get food. When the child’s mom, Geraldine Perkins, finally checked on him, he was likely already dead, the jurors heard.

Perkins was among the prosecution’s key witnesses. She agreed to plead guilty to manslaughter and testify against Smith in exchange for a lenient two-to-six-year prison sentence.

With time served, she could walk free at her own sentencing.

The mom nevertheless admitted during her testimony that she had previously beaten Zymerre with a belt and that she spent 10 minutes putting on makeup before taking her lifeless son to St. Luke’s Hospital.

Smith’s lawyers maintained during the trial that Perkins who killed the 6-year-old, and she was lying to save her own skin.

But prosecutors insisted it was Smith who dished out the actual beating that killed the boy — arguing Perkins was too small to have inflicted the damage found on his tiny body.

Zymere’s death sparked a public outcry about the failings of the city’s child care system after it was revealed that the Administration for Children’s Services had launched five prior investigations into alleged abuse of Zyemere — but didn’t intervene.

In the most recent ACS probe, just six month’s before the boy’s death, a social worker reported that Zymere only had “faint redness” on his legs, and concluded that “the child was not in immediate danger of harm.”
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