A Harlem mother who was jailed after allowing her boyfriend to viciously beat her 6-year-old son, Zymere Perkins, to death, now accuses Rikers Island jail guards of setting up her sexual assault by another, especially violent inmate.
On Friday, Geraldine Perkins filed a notice of claim ahead of a planned lawsuit against the city, department of corrections and yet to be named corrections officers, reported the New York Daily News. Perkins claims her jailers not only did nothing to stop the abuse, but that they actually “took material steps to facilitate” an April 16 sexual attack by an “especially violent” inmate.
Perkins, 26, under protective custody at the time of the assault, but because of a “bogus report of a jailhouse altercation,” was moved from her regular housing unit, putting her in close proximity to Alexandria James, 32, who fashioned a homemade sexual device that she used to penetrate Perkins.
“My client was the target of premeditated criminal conduct,” her attorney Aaron Rubin told the Daily News.
Perkins was arrested in late 2016 after the beating death of her son Zymere, rocking New York City and shaking up the city agency tasked with keeping children safe. There were five prior reports of abuse involving Zymere, including three that were substantiated by Administration for Children’s Services, before the final, fatal beating.
Perkins’ boyfriend Rysheim Smith, 42, was charged with second degree murder, and she with manslaughter.
According to the autopsy report, Zymere died of fatal child-abuse syndrome. He had broken ribs, finger marks around his neck and other injuries all over his body, which was discovered in his Harlem apartment on Sept. 26. The little boy was allegedly beaten for using the bathroom in an ice bucket.
Smith was accused of battering Zymere with a broken broomstick and hanging him by his T-shirt from a hook on the bathroom door as Perkins watched—but did nothing to protect her son, authorities said.
Child molesters and abusers tend to have a hard time in jail, as Perkins is finding out.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)