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Accused father tells 911: 'She's laying there like she's broke'

Posted December 14, 2010

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— A Louisburg man frantically called 911 for help last week, saying his 14-month-old daughter wasn't moving while he was with her at a Wake Forest house.

"My baby, she's breathing, but she won't say nothing," Johnathan Blake Perry told the dispatcher in the Dec. 7 call, which was released Tuesday. "Her eyes are like she's dead."

Perry screamed in anguish as he tried to revive the toddler, Jadajai Wright, and he yelled impatiently at the dispatcher, who tried to instruct him on performing CPR.

"What am I supposed to do?" he asked as he interrupted the dispatcher. "Don't keep telling me stuff. Hurry up (and send help)."

"She's just laying there like she's broke or something," he said as he performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. "She's trying to breathe. She just won't open her eyes.

"Man, what's wrong with my baby," he said, crying.

Paramedics took the toddler to WakeMed, and she was then flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where she was pronounced dead.

Perry, 23, of 330 Hazelwood Circle, is charged with murder and intentional child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. He is being held without bond in the Wake County jail.

According to an affidavit in an application for a warrant to search the house at 522 N. Allen Road, Perry told the chaplain at UNC Hospitals that he gave his daughter a bottle as she sat on the couch and then went to the bathroom. When he returned about 10 minutes later, Jadajai was unresponsive, and when he picked her up, he thought he heard her neck snap, the affidavit states.

Court documents state that Jadajai had brain swelling, a hemorrhage in her eyes, a bruised lung and possibly a broken leg. WakeMed officials called law enforcement authorities because they suspected abuse in the case.

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  • IAMAmerican Dec 15, 2010

    TrueBlueRep--Think about the Holocaust, how many children we killed in Europe?

    By "we" who do you mean, exactly? I didn't kill anyone in the Holocaust. Nor did anyone that I know. So, who's the "we" you're referring to??? Lemme guess...ur last name must be Hitler.
    yrishanichelle

    Sorry, it should be "were" I thought maybe you could figure that out but obviously not!

  • IAMAmerican Dec 15, 2010

    By "we" who do you mean, exactly? I didn't kill anyone in the Holocaust. Nor did anyone that I know. So, who's the "we" you're referring to??? Lemme guess...ur last name must be Hitler.
    yrishanichelle

    I guess you didn't REALLY read my comment or what I was commenting on.............that's o.k., obviously too much eggnog!

  • anne53ozzy Dec 14, 2010

    "wildcat" Blaming a mother for the injury to her child by the father or any designated caregiver is ridiculous. I cannot believe that given what we know through the media, one would exempt this man of responsibility in the death of this baby. Women enter the work place daily and also the military with the implied understanding that their children will be cared for by those they are left with.. For you to offer this kind of response to the death of this child is absurd at best and insulting to all women and men who care for children

  • WRALSUCKS Dec 14, 2010

    ""Many fathers do not know their own strength". You have got to be kidding me. This remark is an insult to all men who have kids and help raise them, love them ""

    Amen.

    Thank you for refuting this nonsensical statement.

  • wildcat Dec 14, 2010

    He just did not know how to handle a baby or the responsility of it. The young mother should have recogized this and not left him with the baby.She should have taken the baby with her.

  • jescobedo7 Dec 14, 2010

    el conquistador

    Wow, I can not believe you even think that. I have 3 daughters who were born before I was 23. They are now grown, educated professional young women that any mother would be proud of. No I didn't have a lot of money but enough with 2 jobs to provide for their needs and save for college for all 3. All this as a divorced mom. No child support or help from any services. I worked my behind off, but am so proud of the results. You really should not assume things before you write them.
    A proud mom of 4 daughters now and the last is still in school and on the honor grade.

  • anne53ozzy Dec 14, 2010

    "Many fathers do not know their own strength". You have got to be kidding me. This remark is an insult to all men who have kids and help raise them, love them and are not arrested in such an instance as this. A woman can injure a child as easily as a man. If this was somehow a situation wherein he snapped, he is still culpable.

  • wayneboyd Dec 14, 2010

    psuedonym..May God continue to bless you and yours, The difference between you and the guy in this article is guts, and want to, and I believe you and your spouse have got both, probably great kids also.

  • Pseudonym Dec 14, 2010

    el conquistador,

    It's very possible to raise a baby at the young age of 23. I and my wife of 12 years already had 3 kids by the time I was 25, and they are still alive 11, 9, and 8 years later. Contrary to your belief, it is entirely possible to raise a child today when you are new to the workforce and not making as much as a 45 year old in your field. You just can't buy $800 cribs, $500 crib sets that WILL be thrown up on and chewed on, thousands of dollars in toys, and expensive outfits from Strasburg. You will also have to make do with 3 car seats in the back of a 10-year old car, going without that 4000 square foot house, and not listening to the doom-and-gloomers telling us ceaselessly how expense college will be in 20 years.

    It's about CHARACTER, NOT AGE.

  • ashleypatterson5792 Dec 14, 2010

    @imlovinglife: thats so true i just dont knoee what to believe

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