Cleveland: Mother pleads not guilty in son's death

8:23 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A Cleveland mother charged in the death of her 3-year-old son has entered a not guilty plea to charges.

Camilia Terry was arraigned via video in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court this morning. Her lawyer John Powers entered the not guilty plea on her behalf. Terry is being held on a $2 million bond.

She is charged in the murder of her son, Emilliano Terry. The child's body was found in a trash processing facility outside Cleveland one day after he was reported missing by his mother from a park in late November.

A grand jury indicted Terry earlier this week on charges including two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of endangering children, one count of felonious assault, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of making false alarms and one count of gross abuse of a corpse.

The medical examiner has determined little Emilliano died of blunt force trauma to his head, torso, and limbs.  A private funeral service was held for the child today.

Family members said a final goodbye to Emiliano Friday.

"Cry, that's all I could do, and have some relief that now he'll be put to rest," Cornelius Banks, Camilia's father and Emiliano's grandfather.

"I mean it's a tragic situation. Ms. Terry's been through a lot. Her life's been very difficult," said John Powers, who represents Camilia Terry. "I don't want to get too much in the details of that now, but I think as the case goes on you'll see that this young lady has been though a lot."

Powers says Terry is thankful for community support she's received as she tries to keep it together.

"She's devastated for the loss of her child and being separated from her other two children so it's a very difficult time for her," he said.

"It's kind of hard you know. This is my daughter, this is my blood. I'm here. I don't know what really is the problem," said Banks. "I'm just here to show her that I do have love for her."

Banks says he needs his grandchildren in his life. He's seeking custody of his two other grandsons. He had temporary custody of Emiliano until February in Mississippi. He says he doesn't know what happened since.

"They were her kids. I wouldn't deny a mother the rights to her kids at all," he said when he asked if he ever questioned Camilia's custody. "At that point, I thought she was doing fine. This was a shock to us."

The next time he talked to his daughter was this week.
"I just told you know, just simply keep her head up. Pray to God. Let him handle this," he said.


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