Father Kills Disabled Son, Cuts Off Head16 Aug 2011
"In Heaven I believe you're a beautiful star and you will always shine bright inside my heart, inside everybody's heart. If I could go back and change yesterday, I would. But I can't. You will be missed and loved by everyone and we will pray every day in your honour. Love you, Mom." These were the parting words given by a grieving mother during a news conference in Thibodaux, Louisiana, on Monday 15th August.
When twenty seven year old Jesslyn Lirette, said goodbye to her six year old disabled son Jori Lirette on Sunday, she had no idea it would be the last time she would ever see him alive. Jesslyn, who lived with her thirty year old partner, Jeremiah Leigh Wright, and their disabled son, left the house, to go to the mechanics to get her truck fixed, so that she could take Jori to a doctor's appointment on the following Tuesday. She left Jori in what she thought were capable hands, with his father, Jeremiah.
Jori, who was born three months premature, suffered from severe cerebral palsy, and a heart condition. He required a feeding tube, a wheelchair to get around, and could only say a couple of words. But just thirty minutes after Jori's mother left, his father decided that he'd gotten to the point of no return.
Unemployed Jeremiah said in a statement to police, that he was ‘tired of taking care of the boy.' He bludgeoned his son with a blunt object, causing excessive bleeding which ultimately resulted in the boy's death. Jeremiah then allegedly decapitated his sons head over the kitchen sink, and cut off his hands and feet. He placed Jori's decapitated head out the front of their house by the road, so that his mother would see it when she returned home and quote: ‘feel stupid'. He put his other body parts in plastic bags, which were later found by police.
After being arrested for the murder of his son, Jeremiah was taken to the police station, where he confessed to the murder just thirty minutes later, he also waived his right to an attorney. A friend of the father said that Jesslyn used to leave Jori in Jeremiah's care all the time, even if she wasn't working. But Jesslyn denied these claims, and at the news conference, between tears, had this to say; ‘He was my star. No matter what people think or say, he was always top priority in my life, I've done everything I can for him."
The couple, who had been together for ten years, had the police called to their house a month ago during a domestic dispute, but no charges were filed. Jesslyn claims that she planned on leaving Jeremiah. It is understood that the couple fought mostly over financial issues.
Thankfully, Jesslyn didn't find her sons decapitated head. This had already been discovered and police had been called to block off the scene, before she arrived home. Detectives were apparently reduced to tears over the gruesome incident, which brought only the second homicide to the Louisiana town of Thibodaux in over three years.
This is such a tragic story, and it brings up questions as to whether or not the family had enough support to begin with, for their disabled son. Jeremiah's history is not known, but was he driven to this terrible outcome from shear madness or lack of assistance? Either way, it's a horrific story, with a horrific ending for all involved. I hope that little Jori is now resting in peace and will never feel any pain again. So sad.
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