Rysheim Smith, 42, was charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with second-degree murder, first and second-degree manslaughter, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. He was also reportedly charged with endangering the welfare of a second child whom he allegedly left unattended on Aug. 31, 2015. He’s been indicted by a grand jury on murder charges in the death his girlfriend’s son – 6-year-old Zymere Perkins – in Harlem
Zymere died on September 26 of 2016, and the New York City Medical Examiner’s office ruled that his death was caused by fatal child abuse syndrome – meaning Zymere had evidence of acute and chronic abuse in the form of fresh injuries and old scars from many previous injuries.
According to court investigations, Smith repeatedly assaulted Zymere. Prosecutors alleged that Smith frequently beat the boy with a broomstick and other objects, and punched him in the ribs and stomach.
The day of Zymere’s death, Smith severely beat him with sticks and other objects, hung him on a clothes hook by the neck of his shirt, threw him against a wall, and left him for hours without medical attention.
On the other hand, Zymere’s mother, Geraldine Perkins, 26, has been charged with child endangerment in the case. When the boy died in September, a doctor estimated that he had been dead for 17 hours before his mother, Geraldine Perkins, 26, brought him to a hospital.