A missing woman ad her two daughters who had been the subjects of an Amber Alert have been found dead. Police have confirmed that Amarah "Jerica" Banks, 26, and her daughters, Camaria Banks, 4, and Zaniya Ivery, 5, were all found dead in a garage. The saddest part, the person allegedly responsible for their disappearance and death is Banks' boyfriend and the father of the children.
Via Fox 6:
"Chief Morales said Jerica Banks was reported missing to MPD by family on Feb. 9. It was later determined her children were also missing. Jerica's mother, Valeria Spinner-Banks said the last time she saw the three was Feb. 7, was after a funeral for Jerica's 1-year-old son, Arzel. The boy died from natural causes. Jerica was dropped off at home with the kids -- and disappeared.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, MPD was notified by police in Memphis, Tennessee that they had contact with Arzel Ivery, 25, of Milwaukee -- Jerica Banks' boyfriend. FOX6's sister station in Memphis WHBQ reported Ivery was arrested in Tennessee after a family member stated Ivery came home talking about an incident in Milwaukee.
MPD detectives went to Tennessee and spoke to Ivery. Chief Morales said Ivery provided information that brought investigators to the garage at Ivery's apartment building near 47th and Burleigh Sunday, where they discovered the three bodies."
Right now Ivery is awaiting extradition to Wisconsin from Tennessee on assault and battery charges. His charges could be upgraded once autopsies are performed on the bodies.
"The discovery of Banks and her daughters came two days after Savannah Bailey, a Milwaukee mother of two,
was set on fire "by her live-in boyfriend," Morales said. It happened Friday morning, Feb. 14 near 8th Street and Cherry Street. Bailey suffered life-threatening injuries.
Morales noted in 2019, 20% of Milwaukee's homicides and non-fatal shootings were the result of domestic violence, adding that something needs to be done about this problem, but it's not just a police or prosecutorial issue."
If you, or someone you know, have been suffering from domestic violence, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline. No one else needs to die at the hands of someone whom they once loved.