CLEVELAND (AP) — A judge set bond Thursday at $2 million for a mother accused of killing her 3-year-old son by fracturing his skull and putting his body in the trash.
Camilia Terry, 20, initially told police that her son Emilliano went missing during a Sunday outing to a park. She came under suspicion one day later when she changed her version of how the boy disappeared.
The boy’s body was found in trash bags at a waste processing center Monday, and Terry has been charged with aggravated murder.
Terry, who was represented by two attorneys as she appeared before Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Pinkey Carr on Thursday, must return to court for another hearing next week. The initial proceedings in Municipal Court set the stage to move the case to felony Common Pleas Court.
A DNA sample taken from Terry confirmed the victim was her son, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Gilson said Thursday. The genetic sample was used for identification instead of asking a relative to confirm the identity of the decomposing body, which matched the boy’s description.
The medical examiner’s office hasn’t determined the boy’s cause of death, but a prosecutor said in court that he had suffered a fractured skull.
Around 75 people showed up at the same park for a vigil Wednesday night to pray and remember the toddler as church bells chimed.
Terry’s two other sons, one 5 years old and the other 5 months old, are in county custody.
The dead boy is the third generation of his family involved in county social services, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said.
The family history with the agency extends back to 2000 and a neglect complaint against Terry’s mother, the dead boy’s grandmother. Over the years there were more neglect complaints, some unsubstantiated and later similar neglect complaints against Terry over the handling of her children, Madigan said..
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