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Missing 4-year-old presumed dead in Philadelphia, mother and boyfriend facing homicide charges​

A West Philadelphia mother is facing charges in connection with the disappearance of her 4-year-old son, who is presumed dead, Action News has learned.

Police also announced charges against the mother's boyfriend on Saturday night.

The boy's family members first reached out to Action News, saying the child was last seen on November 25.

The mother, Dominique Bailey, 28, allegedly claimed to family members that the boy was struck and killed by a car, but there were no services for the child or report of this happening.

"I just knew. He's blood, so I gotta do whatever it takes to make sure my family is OK," said Aiyana Parrish, the boy's cousin.

"Everybody was just holding out hope that he was going to be found OK, just like a bump or a bruise or something like that, that she didn't want to get in trouble for," Parrish added, referring to Bailey.

6abc looked into this tip and forwarded it along to the police.

Following an investigation this week, police say no record of a car crash was found.

"Once everybody started to get cops involved because we're calling the children's hospital and they're like, 'We've never heard of Damari Carter ever,'" said Parrish.

The investigation also led police to the 3800 block of Reno Street, where Bailey's 30-year-old boyfriend Kevin Spencer lives.

Sources tell Action News investigators believe Damari was beaten to death.

"How could anybody look at and put their hands on him and hurt him like that? It broke my heart," said Parrish.

At this point, they've been unable to find the young boy's body.

"It's heartbreaking to think that people are out there that are so ruthless and selfish and only think about themselves and what they want to do," said Parrish.

Investigators were back in the West Philadelphia neighborhood Saturday looking for clues.

They searched vacant lots and a dumpster on the 800 block of Union Street.

Family members are still pushing to find out what happened to Damari, who they say had a life full of hardship.

"There were people out there that would have taken him and given him a better life," said Parrish.

Bailey is currently being charged with murder, endangering the welfare of a child, false reports, abuse of a corpse, and related charges, according to police.

Spencer has also been charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, endangering the welfare of a child, false reports, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and related charges.


MEDIA - DAMARI CARTER: Missing from Philadelphia, PA - 25 Nov 2023 - Age 4
 
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Philly mom accused of murdering child and lying about car crash​

A Philadelphia mother is accused of murdering her child and then falsely claiming the child was struck and killed by a car.

Police said the Special Victims Unit started the investigation on Dec. 30 after receiving information about a missing child in the West Philadelphia area.

During the investigation, police said various sources reported that the child's mother Dominique Bailey, 28, had informed family members that the child had been fatally struck by a car, but the assigned investigator found no evidence supporting that claim.

Bailey was located on Jan. 4 and brought in for questioning, according to police.

On Jan. 5, police executed a search warrant at a home on the 3800 block of Reno Street in connection to the investigation and apprehended a man who has been identified by police as Kevin Spencer.

That same day, Bailey told police she was involved in her child's death, according to investigators. Police said they have not yet found the child's body, however.
 
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Missing 4-year-old presumed dead in Philadelphia, mother and boyfriend facing homicide charges​

A West Philadelphia mother is facing charges in connection with the disappearance of her 4-year-old son, who is presumed dead, Action News has learned.

Police also announced charges against the mother's boyfriend on Saturday night.

The boy's family members first reached out to Action News, saying the child was last seen on November 25.

The mother, Dominique Bailey, 28, allegedly claimed to family members that the boy was struck and killed by a car, but there were no services for the child or report of this happening.

"I just knew. He's blood, so I gotta do whatever it takes to make sure my family is OK," said Aiyana Parrish, the boy's cousin.

"Everybody was just holding out hope that he was going to be found OK, just like a bump or a bruise or something like that, that she didn't want to get in trouble for," Parrish added, referring to Bailey.

6abc looked into this tip and forwarded it along to the police.

Following an investigation this week, police say no record of a car crash was found.

"Once everybody started to get cops involved because we're calling the children's hospital and they're like, 'We've never heard of Damari Carter ever,'" said Parrish.

The investigation also led police to the 3800 block of Reno Street, where Bailey's 30-year-old boyfriend Kevin Spencer lives.

Sources tell Action News investigators believe Damari was beaten to death.

"How could anybody look at and put their hands on him and hurt him like that? It broke my heart," said Parrish.

At this point, they've been unable to find the young boy's body.

"It's heartbreaking to think that people are out there that are so ruthless and selfish and only think about themselves and what they want to do," said Parrish.

Investigators were back in the West Philadelphia neighborhood Saturday looking for clues.

They searched vacant lots and a dumpster on the 800 block of Union Street.

Family members are still pushing to find out what happened to Damari, who they say had a life full of hardship.

"There were people out there that would have taken him and given him a better life," said Parrish.

Bailey is currently being charged with murder, endangering the welfare of a child, false reports, abuse of a corpse, and related charges, according to police.

Spencer has also been charged with criminal conspiracy, murder, endangering the welfare of a child, false reports, tampering with evidence, abuse of a corpse, and related charges.
They were looking in dumpsters on Saturday? This happened in November? Don't get me wrong, I don't mean they shouldn't if they are out there looking but pretty unlikely anything is going to be found in one now.

Good for the family who questioned her! And purgatory eternal for her and her bf. The cousin knew he had a life of hardship and family would have taken him so smh. What is wrong with these people?

We all know the obvious answer and that it is a fact in many cases. Most of the ones who don't want their children, can't be a decent parent, abuse their children, but won't give them to someone else to raise and love in their family even, won't do it because the kid is a paycheck of government benefits. In some cases they likely only have kids or ore kids get those benefits.

So another kazillionth baby abused, beaten and killed. And if not jailed, they'd probably have another child next year.

RIP Damari.
 

Search continues for missing 4-year-old presumed dead in Philadelphia; boyfriend's home searched​

The search continued on Sunday for a missing 4-year-old who is presumed dead in Philadelphia.

Police searched the home of a man connected to the case for more evidence to try and find the young boy, Damari Carter.

Carter's mother, Dominique Bailey, 28, from the Overbrook neighborhood, and her boyfriend, 30-year-old Kevin Spencer from West Philadelphia, are facing several charges in this case.


The investigation into this incident began on December 30, after family members said they had not seen Carter in weeks.

Bailey reportedly told the family that the 4-year-old had been struck and killed by a car, but police found no evidence of this incident.

On Sunday morning, police searched Spencer's house on the 3800 block of Reno Street.

In a video obtained by Action News, officers can be seen carrying out bags of evidence collected at the scene.

Police have spent the majority of the weekend searching for Carter, canvassing neighborhoods, and even examining dumpsters blocks away from Spencer's home.

Unfortunately, officers have not found anything in connection to Carter.

On January 5, however, police say Bailey provided information on her involvement in the death of her son.

Sources tell Action News that investigators believe Carter was beaten to death.

Carter's family spoke with Action News about this incident, saying the situation is devastating.
 
OMG. Vermin. She provided info on her involvement and they believe he was beaten to death.

I have had it. WHY did you have a child??!!!!!!!
 
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Detectives in West Philadelphia are searching dumpsters in the area for the body of a missing 4-year-old, police sources said on Monday.

Police sources said the detectives are working with private contractors that own the dumpsters in West Philly to figure out where the shipments of trash may have ended up in the search for 4-year-old Damari Carter.
 
As the search continues for a missing 4-year-old who is presumed dead in Philadelphia, more family members are speaking out to try and find closure.

It has been over a month since anyone has seen the young boy, Damari Carter.

Damari's aunt, Nakia Bailey, told Action News they last saw him on his birthday, November 25.

"It didn't have to happen. That baby was wanted. If not by her, by everyone else. His father wanted him," said Nakia.

"For you to take him away from me, it really hurts," added Darryle Carter Jr., the boy's father.

Carter spoke with Action News over the phone on Monday to tell us how heartbreaking the situation is.


"She was telling us that he was fine. Then, when she did say that he got hit by a car, she stopped contacting us, period," said Nakia.

On Sunday morning, police searched Spencer's house on the 3800 block of Reno Street.

In a video, officers can be seen carrying out bags of evidence collected at the scene.

Police have spent the majority of the weekend searching for Damari, canvassing neighborhoods, and even examining dumpsters blocks away from Spencer's home.

So far, officers have not found anything in connection to the child.

On January 5, however, police say Bailey provided information on her involvement in the death of her son.

Sources tell Action News that investigators believe Damari was beaten to death.

Now, the family is praying for a chance to give Damari a proper funeral.

"I want to give him the respect that is due to him and his father, and our family," said Nakia.
 

Police do not believe they will find 4-year-old Damari Carter’s body​

Investigators do not believe they will recover the body of 4-year-old Damari Carter, who police say was fatally beaten by his mother and her boyfriend, who then discarded his body in the trash over a month ago, according to law enforcement sources.

Prosecutors say the boy’s mother, Dominique Bailey, and her boyfriend, Kevin Spencer, beat the toddler inside their West Philadelphia apartment during the first week of December. The child, covered in bruises and with a swollen forehead, died Dec. 8, Bailey told police according to arrest records.

Spencer then placed his remains in a trash bag, and disposed of them in an unknown area, the records say. Spencer and Bailey have not told police where his remains were left, and police have used large machinery to comb through dumpsters and hidden alleyways across West Philadelphia, without success.

Since more than a month has passed since the child’s death, investigators believe his remains were likely swept up in the city’s waste system, taken to an incineration plant in Chester or to a distant landfill, said three sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. Given the volume of waste taken to landfills each day, it would be nearly impossible to recover his body there, the sources said.



Damari’s relatives, most of whom live in Texas and South Carolina, grew concerned after they had not seen the child since his birthday in late November. When they reached out to Bailey, records show, she told them Damari had been hit by a car and died, and that his body was at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The relatives, including the boy’s father in Texas, were confused. They called the hospital and searched online for news reports of his death without success. After Bailey stopped responding to them, they started posting online that the child was missing, asking for help finding him. In late December, the family reached out to 6abc for help. A reporter who is a former police officer spoke with them, then sent information to a detective who found no recent record of a child who had been struck and killed by a car.

On Jan. 3, detectives met with Bailey at work. She told them she and Damari were walking to the Dollar Store on Dec. 9 when his toy fell into the road. When he went to retrieve it, she said, he was struck by a car. She said medics took him to the hospital, where he died.

Bailey’s story shifted through multiple police interviews, and eventually, she told investigators Spencer had beaten Damari.

Investigators recovered videos and photos in Spencer’s phone that showed Damari covered in bruises, his eyes blackened and head swollen on the morning of Dec. 7. Bailey said she had seen Spencer had beaten her son before, including on that day. She said she and Spencer left that evening to go buy Black & Mild Cigars, and when they returned home, Damari was not responsive. Spencer put him to bed in a wicker chair in the living room, she said, and when she went to kiss him goodnight a few hours later, Damari was cold to the touch.

Her son had died, she told police. She said Spencer then placed his small body in a trash can next to the television, and carried the bag outside. She told police she is not sure where he put the child’s body.

Police have searched in dumpsters and facilities throughout West Philadelphia without success.
 

Body of young child found in duffle bag in West Philadelphia: police​

Philadelphia police are investigating after a disturbing discovery was made Monday morning.

CLIP workers found a black duffle bag with juvenile remains inside while picking up trash in an alleyway on the 600 block of North 38th Street.

Police say they confirmed that the body was a child aged 2–4 years old when officers arrived at the scene.

"Who would have thought that right behind our home there's an innocent 2-4-year-old baby gone," one neighbor said.

It is unclear how long the child's body was inside the bag, but police believe it was "probably a while."

"The child was in a poor state of decomposition," said Philadelphia Police Inspector Kpana Massaquoi.

The child's identity and exact age is not yet known.

However, police say they will investigate whether the body is possibly connected to any missing children cases in the area once their identity is determined.

The discovery of the body occurred just a few blocks from the 3800 block of Reno Street, where, back in January, police said they executed a search warrant in connection to a missing four-year-old boy, identified by family members as Damari Carter.

Although Damari’s body was never found, investigators say they charged Carter's mother, 28-year-old Dominique Bailey, and 30-year-old Kevin Spencer with his murder, among other charges.

Damari’s cousin told FOX 29 Monday that they are still waiting to hear from investigators to find out if the body found belongs to the four-year-old.
 
@Mel70 GOOD FIND! Saw it first in the news thread. Kudos gf. Freaking sad though regardless of who the child is. Justice will come for someone as children don't throw selves out in duffle bags.
 

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