Any parent would be devastated if their child passed away, regardless of the reasons. But for Ms Jesslyn Lirette, it was her partner, Jeremiah Wright, who murdered Jori, her 7 year old son in cold blood .
Born with cerebral palsy, Jori Lirette was confined to a wheelchair for most of his short life. Wright was charged with first-degree murder and accused of using a meat cleaver to decapitate his son over the kitchen sink. Afterwards Jori’s head was put on display in the roadside outside the home for his mother to see when she returned. The police were alerted to the murder of Jori when a passing motorist spotted the child’s decapitated head. The rest of the body was later found nearby in a white rubbish bag .
Wright was held in lieu of a US$5 million (S$6 million) bail, and if convicted, faced mandatory life sentence or even the death penalty.Wright also had a criminal record that included arrests for drugs, burglary and contempt of court.
Ms Lirette last saw the Jori when she gave him a routine kiss in the morning before she left the house. She was to take the pick-up truck to be repaired so that she could take Jori to the ear doctor in New Orleans. She said she regretted leaving Jori alone in the house with Mr. Wright.
Ms Lirette’s family gathered at her mother’s home, Ms Delene Himel to grieve over the passing of Jori. Ms Lirette had no intention to live in her own home, even if she was allowed to return to it. She also mentioned that Mr. Wright was the man she had considered marrying at one point, and it was a tense relationship. She was also urged by others to leave her boyfriend of ten years.
It is very difficult to raise a child with special needs, and this situation may put on a strain on a marriage and parent-child relationships. But no one has the right to take a life, yet alone your own flesh and blood.