A 4-year-old girl who suffered from cystic fibrosis has allegedly been killed by her mother. Little Emily Rose Perrin was happily thinking about her birthday while on the floor playing with her dolls. She was to turn 5 the next day and was looking forward to her birthday party. She certainly never dreamed her own mother would suffocate her. Police say her mother, Mary Lockett, 37, was completely naked when she approached her little girl and sat on her, applying extra pressure over her mouth and nose, which ultimately killed her.
Lockett’s roommate, Eric L. Kirk, said she had bought some marijuana earlier in the day and had been smoking it in her bedroom alone when he left for a few minutes. Only about 15 minutes later, he returned to a horrific scene. Mary Lockett was on top of Emily, smothering her. He pulled her off the girl and dialed 911, but it was too late. He was actively restraining the mother when the police arrived to find Emily lying on her back on the living room floor, not breathing, and her lips were purple. In a report from Fox News, it has been revealed that Lockett has been charged with first degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. Her attorneys requested a psychiatric evaluation, stating that she had been mumbling about “dark angels” when the police arrived on the day of the murder. She had said that when the dark angels came, she sent her little girl to be with Jesus.
Attorneys have requested a mental health exam for the woman, who allegedly muttered about “dark angels” when police arrived and threatened to kill herself not long after she killed her little girl. According to police, Lockett was out of control and threatening suicide, while rescuers were performing CPR on her child. Emily’s older brother, 8, was standing in the bedroom doorway throughout the incident. Paramedics took little Emily to the hospital and attempted resuscitation on the way; however, she was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Meanwhile, her mother was taken to a local hospital. She had to be restrained in the home, then later sedated in the hospital for the safety of the staff.
“Lockett was going crazy inside the residence and saying she was going to kill herself.”
Later, at the hospital, Lockett was making strange comments about a sword. Police were already conducting searches of her home and vehicle and found a metal sword in her Dodge Journey. The purpose of her having the sword remains unknown.
Family members of the mother and little girl said Lockett was on medications she had been prescribed for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but that she had been taking the medication inconsistently. When she would begin to feel more normal, she would gradually stop taking her medications. During their search of the home, police found the prescription medications which included medications used in the treatment of schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.The St. Louis Dispatch reports that during the search police also found photographs of Mary Lockett in sexual positions. There were small children in some of the photos, according to court records, but the records don’t indicate who the children were.
Emily Rose Perrin suffered from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the respiratory and digestive systems in children. The disease requires extensive medical care and can often be fatal, although some children with cystic fibrosis are able to survive into adulthood. There is no information readily available about the severity of Emily’s CF or the state of her health at the time she was killed.
According to Fox 2 Now, Mary Lockett had a history with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. They had apparently been working with the family since 2015 and had been meeting with Mary and Emily twice per week. The services they had been providing were known as “intact services,” which is social work lingo for working to keep troubled families together. Little else has been revealed about the nature of the services or the reasons for starting them, but Emily’s family members have been critical, thinking that the DCFS should have recognized that little Emily was potentially in danger and intervened. If there had been any indication of potential for violence or that the 4-year-old might even be killed by her mother, it might have been prevented. The report from the medical examiner is still pending, but the police reports indicate that a dog leash was used to impair the little girl’s airway. Family members still struggle to cope with the shock and grief of losing the little 4-year-old girl at the hands of her mother.
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