(THIBODAUX, LA) [AP] – Authorities say a Louisiana man is accused of decapitating his disabled 7-year-old son and leaving the boy’s head near the street. Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii says 30-year-old Jeremiah Lee Wright has confessed to killing Jori Lirette. Wright was booked with first-degree murder and being held Monday in lieu of $5 million bond.
Silverii says the motive is unclear, though Wright told police he was tired of taking care of the boy, who had heart problems and needed a feeding tube.
The police chief says the child’s mother, Jesslyn Lirette, came home Sunday to find the house blocked with police tape. He says officers who told her of the killing were in tears when they left her. Police spokesman Ricky Ross says he does not believe Wright has an attorney.
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