Dad Decapitates Disabled Son, 7

Wanted to make mom 'feel stupid,' Jeremiah Lee Wright tells cops
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2011 3:36 AM CDT
Dad Decapitates Disabled Son, 7
Jori Lirette, 7, suffered from heart problems and cerebral palsy and was wheelchair-bound.   (AP Photo/Thibodaux Police Department)

A Louisiana man decapitated his 7-year-old disabled son with a meat cleaver because he was sick of taking care of him and wanted to make his wife "feel stupid," he told police. Jori Lirette was bludgeoned, decapitated, and dismembered. His father, 30-year-old Jeremiah Lee Wright, said he left the little boy's head along the side of the road in Thibodaux where his mother would see him, reports the Daily Comet. Wright told police "he wanted her to feel stupid when she saw the head," said an investigator.

Jori had cerebral palsy and heart problems, needed a feeding tube and was in a wheelchair, AP reports. Tearful mom Jesslyn Lirette said at a police news conference that the boy was "my star," and that Jori loved his father "more than anything." A friend of Wright's said there was friction between the couple because Lirette left Wright to take care of Jori most of the time. "She would take off and totally expect Jerry to do everything," he said. The dad killed the boy when Lirette left to fix their truck so she could take Jori to the doctor the next day, said cops. Wright, who confessed to the killing within minutes of being questioned by police, has been booked on first-degree murder charges and is being held in lieu of $5 million bond. (Read more Jori Lirette stories.)

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