Cleveland: Mother charged in 3-year-old's death

6:08 PM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND --  The mother of a 3-year-old found in trash bags at a Cleveland area trash processing facility has been charged with aggravated murder.

Camilia Terry, 20, remains in police custody. She is due in court on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Terry was arrested Monday after the body of her son, Emilliano, was found inside three trash bags at a waste processing site. She initially had reported the child missing from a city park Sunday.

At a morning news conference, police formally announced the charge against Terry but added additional charges are likely as the investigation proceeds.

Commander Ed Tomba said while the remains were found inside multiple trash bags, the body itself was in tact.

Police have executed a search warrant at Terry's apartment on Buckeye but say they are still actively searching for the location where Emilliano died.  Officers are also reviewing surveillance video and talking to family members in an effort to establish a timeline to determine the last time anyone saw the little boy alive.

Although the remains have been tentatively identified as those of Emilliano, the medical examiner says DNA tests are still ongoing to positively identify the body.  Based on the decomposition of the body, the medical examiner says a visual identification was not sufficient.  Tests to determine the cause of death are also not yet concluded.  Results are expected possibly later this week.

Police say they are also reviewing social media postings made by Camilia Terry including posts about trying to adopt out Emilliano.

Camlia Terry was taken into police custody after officer's say they noted changes in her initial story about the boy's disappearance.


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