It’s the worst possible outcome for an already horrible scenario. Ohio authorities have recovered what they believe is the body of 3-year-old Emilliano N. Terry from a trash bag at a waste transfer station. The boy was reported missing by his mother on Sunday while she was at the park with Emilliano and his two other siblings.
His mother, 20-year-old Camilia T. Terry, said that she was at the park with her children, when she took her eyes off of Emilliano for a moment to tend to another child. That’s when Emilliano supposedly went missing.
There were also unverified reports that Emilliano may have gotten in to a black car. The FBI quickly became involved in the case. According to reports, the FBI took Camilia T. Terry to FBI headquarters in Cleveland Monday evening to interview her, when Terry was arrested and charged with aggravated murder in the case along with some other very disturbing details:
An investigator with the Cleveland Police Department tells Fox 8 News that Terry’s 5-year-old can be seen on surveillance video pointing at a waste management truck, and that’s what led authorities to start searching in that direction. Authorities say agents looked through four or five trash bags. They say the final bag had the body of the 3-year-old in it. They say the body was intact. Police say the toddler’s mother, Camilia Terry, has been arrested. They will consult with a prosecutor on charges Tuesday morning.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
The body was tentatively identified about 6:41 p.m, according to a city police report, said Powell Caesar, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
City police and FBI officials Monday who had been jointly investigating the disappearance, showed up at the transfer station earlier this evening…. A police dog brought to the scene indicated that Emilliano had been at the park, police said at a news conference this afternoon.
The boy’s father is not a suspect, police spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia said in an e-mail.
It has also come out that Camilia T. Terry, who is just 20, was in the custody of local children and family service officials from 2009 until February 2012 as a teen, according to a spokeswoman for the agency.
The Plain Dealer reports that Terry called the agency in May to ask for supportive services and that the case remains open.
Terry’s young age in addition to the number of children she was trying to raise on her own undoubtedly made for a difficult situation.
Reportedly, even though Terry’s foster parents were still in her life, one has to to wonder if Terry’s call for help was adequately answered. Married 30-somethings would still have a difficult time raising three young children from the ages of 5 months to 5 years old.
And there are young women like Terry all over the country. There are also young Fathers in need of guidance. These are troubling trends in the African-American community. We must take steps to look after our young men and women. They need to understand how difficult it is to raise children well. They have to understand that it is incredibly difficult to raise children if you don’t yet know who you are.
We have to do everything in our power to make sure that the next generation is not simply discarded.