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BELMONT, the Bronx — A mom’s body was found in a Bronx apartment after her 5-year-old son squeezed through security bars and called for help; officials said Monday that the woman, badly bruised, was the victim of homicide

Luz Perez, 40, was found on Oct. 13 in a ground-floor apartment near East 187th Street and Bathgate Avenue, police said. Her son and 2-year-old daughter spent about 27 hours fending for themselves after Perez’ death.

“The son tried to call 911 but was unable to give the address of the location,” a Bronx detective told PIX11.

He was able to unlatch the front window and call for help through the front window the next day.

“A passerby called 911 and police forced entry into the apartment and rescued the children and recovered the deceased,” the detective said.

Neither child was harmed. At the time of Perez’ death, family on the scene told PIX11 News that Perez was a mother of six.

Police have asked for help identifying a man wanted connection with Perez’ death. He’s approximately 6 feet tall. The man was last seen wearing a black du-rag and dark green waist length jacket with multiple patches.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).