Cuyahoga County

Camilla Terry guilty in son’s murder

November 22, 2013

Cleveland – Camilla Terry has been found guilty of the aggravated murder of her three-year-old son, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced Friday afternoon.

The body of Emilliano Terry was discovered at a garbage transfer station in Oakwood on November 26, 2012. Authorities had been searching for the child since the previous day when his mother, Camilla Terry, 21, of Cleveland, called 9-1-1 and reported him missing.

A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Jury took less than two hours to find Terry guilty on one count of Aggravated Murder, three counts of Murder, two counts of Endangering Children and one count each of Felonious Assault, Tampering With Evidence, Making False Alarms and Gross Abuse of a Corpse.

The guilty verdict on Aggravated Murder for purposely killing a child under age 13 means Terry could receive a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Common Pleas Court Judge Janet Burnside will sentence Terry on December 19.

Assistant County Prosecutors Anna Faraglia, Ronni Ducoff and Jennifer Driscoll prosecuted the case for the State of Ohio.

In her closing statement, Faraglia noted that today marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an event often described as a loss of innocence for the country.

"Every time a child dies at the hands of another, it is a loss of innocence,’’ she told the jurors. "In this case, the loss of innocence occurred on or about November 20, 2012, when this defendant intentionally killed her own child."

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