30-year old, Jeremiah Wright is accused of bludgeoning, decapitating and dismembering his wheelchair-bound, 7-year old son, Jori Lirette.
Thibodaux Police said on Sunday afternoon a passing driver saw the boy's decapitated head on the side of the road. After investigating, officers found the boy's dismembered body in a trash bag nearby.
Wright lived in the home on West 7th street where officers believed the murder took place in the kitchen sink. They are currently investigating what tools were used in the murder. Wright is being charged with first degree murder. His bond is set at $5 million dollars. If convicted, Wright could face life in prison or the death penalty.
Thibodaux Police Chief, Scott Silverii said the motive is still unclear, but after confessing to the murder, Wright told officers he grew tired of taking care of the boy.
"The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. There was extensive bleeding to the right side of the brain, decapitation, dismemberment," Chief Siverii said.
The boy's mother, Jesslyn Lirette was not home at the time of the murder. Police said she was getting the car fixed.
She said, "Jori was a very important person in my life, maybe the best thing that's ever happened to me. He was my star. Now you're in heaven as an angel, and you will shine bright inside my heart."
The community is outraged and saddened by Jori's murder. Many have come by the house with flowers, balloons, and toys to remember him with a makeshift memorial.
"I know the city of Thibodaux is going to find justice for this beautiful child," Tracie Ketchens said.
Long-time family friend, Jane Bebe said, "This is not right. A sweet little child. Very innocent."
Investigators said, the boy's parents had been fighting recently. About a month ago, officers were called out to the home because of a verbal argument.
Jori Lirette, who also suffered from cerebal palsy was a second grader at South Thibodaux Elementary School. On Monday, grief counselors consoled friends and teachers.
"It just shows we are not desensitized. We are a very caring and concerned community," Chief Silverii said.