The discovery of a tiny baby's body in a car trunk in Shelby Tuesday afternoon leads to so many more questions on how people treat their children.
The story is still unfolding but it appears a 17-year-old had the baby in January or February and wanted to hide the birth from her family. No word yet on how or when the baby died.
The teen told police she put the baby in a box and put it in the car. She had been driving around with it in the car ever since.
The body was discovered in a car left at the Broadway Auto and Exhaust at 211 N. Gamble Street for repairs a few days before. It appears to be a family vehicle that the teen drove a lot of the time.
The body was discovered as the mechanic worked on the car Tuesday and smelled a foul odor. He found the box and the baby and called police.
Tuesday was also the day that the third victim of alleged East Cleveland serial killer Michael Madison was identified as Shirellda Terry, 18. Three women were found in garbage bags in various locations in and around where Madison lived Friday and Saturday.
All three women were someone's daughter.
But the discovery of the baby's body today immediately brought to my mind a recent case where a 3-year-old Cleveland boy's body was found stuffed in multiple layers of trash bags at the Waste Management processing facility in Oakwood Village.
That was back on Nov. 27, 2012. His name was Emiliano Terry and his mother is Camilia Terry, 20. She had reported him missing from Kossuth Park in Cleveland on Sunday Nov. 26.
Late that Monday, police arrested Emiliano's mother. She was charged with 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 determined Emiliano died from a fractured skull.
Police say they first became suspicious of her statements when they became "inconsistent" earlier that Monday. As the FBI evidence team was searching the streets around Terry's apartment near East 130th Street and Broadway Avenue in Cleveland about 2 p.m. Monday, they noticed a Waste Management truck picking up recycling containers and recyclables.
They contacted Waste Management after getting the number of the truck and asked that the truck be held at the Oakwood facility until they could arrive.
Once they arrived, they had the truck dump its load inside the facility and began searching through the bags.
It's bad enough that Cleveland women are being killed and discarded in trash bags -- convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell's method with 11 women and, allegedly, Michael Madison.
But when defenseless children are also similarly discarded, it just seems so much more heartless...and sad.