It’s been almost two years now since news broke that Piper Perri’s son died. The man arrested for his murder was Seth Redell, Piper Perri’s boyfriend, who was babysitting the 2-year-old while Piper Perri was out of town working.
At first, Redell said the boy fell and hit his head near the back door of the house and was unconscious. The child was transported to University Medical Center, where he died five days later. This all took place in April of 2016.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Redell’s story changed several times, but that he told police he took Umbenhower to the shower after the fall and ran water over his head in an attempt to revive him.
The child died as a result of injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome. He suffered from subdural hematomas, brain swelling and retinal hemorrhaging in both eyes.
Seth Redell was initially let out on a $500,000 bond and faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.
It’s been two years now and we learned today that a Jefferson Parish grand jury has indicted him on a charge of second-degree murder for the killing of Piper Perri’s 2-year-old son in 2016.
This is the first step in the process.
His case is now set to be heard by Judge Scott Schlegel in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, Louisiana and again he faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.
I’ve been trying to stay on top of this story but it’s not easy. There isn’t a lot of information available about the case and the legal process so far has been very slow going. The one odd thing that struck me as odd was that the father of the baby was not mentioned in the baby’s obituary. The obituary acknowledged the baby’s mother, her parents, the baby’s father’s parents and grandparents, but not him.
Here is a picture of the baby’s father with Piper Perri from May of 2015.
They broke up after the baby was born and it was then that Piper Perri got with Seth Redell, the man who would end up killing her baby.
When her son died, Piper Perri had his organs donated, so parts of him will live on. “His heart went to a little girl under the age of 5 in Arizona, his liver went to a little boy under the age of 5 in New York, and both of his kidneys went to a man in his 40’s in Pennsylvania.”
To my knowledge, she has not publicly spoken about the trial, her ex-boyfriend or the death of her son.
The only other thing we know about Seth Redell is that he has prior arrests for possession of marijuana along with aggravated robbery in 2007 in Ohio. That may possibly effect his sentencing if he is found guilty of the child’s death once he finally goes to trial.
We’ll keep you updated on information about this case as information becomes available.