Police: Missing 3-year-old found dead in trash bag

10:25 AM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Police say the body of missing 3-year-old Cleveland boy Emiliano Terry was found in trash bags at the Waste Management trash processing plant in Oakwood.

During a 9:45 p.m. press conference Monday at the Justice Center, police said they have arrested Emiliano's mother, Camilia, and she is being held in jail.

The discovery of Emiliano's body was made about 4 p.m. Monday. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office will perform an autopsy Tuesday morning to determine the cause of death.

Camilia Terry's other two children are now in the custody of Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services.

Police say they became suspicious of 20-year-old Camilia Terry's statements when they became "inconsistent" earlier Monday.

As the FBI evidence team was searching the streets around Terry's apartment near East 130th Street and Broadway Avenue 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. They found the body double-bagged after opening several bags.

Police were asked if they knew when Emiliano had been killed and they said that the Medical Examiner's Office would make the determination Tuesday as to how long Emiliano had been dead.

Police said the investigation is now in the hands of the Cleveland Police Homicide Unit and they will be meeting with the prosecutor's office Tuesday morning to determine the charges against Camilia Terry.

WKYC-TV

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