Jurors have been hearing details as to how a six-year-old boy from New York ended up being subjected to months of torture after being beaten by his mother's boyfriend.
The Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday heard how Zymere Perkins was eventually beaten with a broken broomstick and a shower rod before being hung on the back of a bathroom door and left to die in a roach and maggot-infested apartment in Harlem.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry O'Connell told jurors Rysheim Smith allegedly killed his girlfriend, Geraldine Perkins's, son in a rage.
The trial of Rysheim Smith for the murder of six-year-old Zymere Perkins began on Monday
Zymere Perkins died in September 2016 after what prosecutors say was months of abuse by his mother and her boyfriend in their feces and roach-infested Harlem apartment
Rysheim Smith allegedly killed his girlfriend's son, Zymere, by beating him with a shower rod and then hanging him by his t-shirt on the back of the bathroom door
His mother, Geraldine Perkins, carried her son to hospital but is alleged to have waited so long there was no hope of saving the unconscious youngster
'He picked up Zymere, held him by the arm and began to beat him with a stick like a piñata,' she said.
'Tellingly, he did not call out to his mother…because he knew his mother was not going to protect him.'
Smith became enraged with the youngster who was constantly wetting his makeshift bed and who also once defecated in the living room and then tried to hide his own feces.
According to the Daily News District Attorney O'Connell explained how Smith after beating the boy, is alleged to have 'waterboarded him in the shower' before dropping him onto the floor and beating him with a shower rod cutting his head.
Zymere lost consciousness and collapsed in the bathtub.
He is alleged to have finally hung him on the back of the bathroom door by his t-shirt after he lost consciousness.
O’Connell said this was likely “where he took his last breath.”
Eventually, Smith lifted Zymere off the hook and threw him against a bedroom wall, where he fell to the floor, she alleged.
His own mother who is alleged to have watched on 'passively' as the abuse took place, is said to have waited several hours before checking on her son after the beating. When she finally did so, he was already dead.
Perkins carried his body from their 135th Street Harlem home to the hospital long after he could be saved.
Smith, meanwhile, left the apartment to go and get food.
Graphic photos of Zymere's badly beaten body were shown to jurors which detailed his injuries including cuts and bruises to his neck, head