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Baby Dismembered By Mother Is Buried

January 26, 1989 GMT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Zacharry Dacri, who lived only seven weeks before he was drowned in a bathtub and then dismembered, was buried Wednesday in a suburban cemetery.

His 20-year-old mother, Tanya Dacri, is charged with murder and abuse of a corpse. Police said she told officers she killed her son Jan. 7 because she couldn’t cope with his constant crying. A court Tuesday rejected her request to be let out of jail long enough to attend the funeral.

Her 22-year-old husband, Phillip Dacri, is free on bail on charges he helped his wife dispose of the child’s remains.


Mrs. Dacri first claimed Zacharry was kidnapped at a shopping mall, but then acknowledged the boy had been drowned and his dismembered body disposed of. Police recovered the boy’s body from two creeks.

The father was among about 50 relatives and friends at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, when the white-painted wood casket was to taken the altar for Mass. Burial was in the Our Lady of Grace Cemetery in nearby Langhorne.

Dacri didn’t sit with his mother, Andrea Richardson, or stepfather but occupied a pew alone six rows behind them. During Mass he appeared to be sobbing.

The Richardsons, who have custody of the Dacris’ other child, opposed their daughter-in-law’s presence at the funeral. Common Pleas Judge Lynn Abraham agreed Tuesday not to temporarily release her from the jail where she is being held without bail. He said the mother’s presence would turn ″what ought to be a quiet and respectful burial of an infant into a circus atmosphere.″

The media was barred from the cemetery. Earlier, church officials summoned a police officer after two reporters disregarded a request to stay outside during the funeral.

Also in church were Mrs. Dacri’s parents, David and Barbara Essig of Peckville, Pa., and her sister and brother. They sat impassively.