Created on Tuesday, 27 November 2012 Written by THOMAS J. SHEERAN,Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — The medical examiner performed an autopsy Tuesday on the body of a 3-year-old boy whose mother was being held as a suspect in his slaying, but no results were immediately released.
Police have tentatively identified the body of Emilliano Terry, but the medical examiner said DNA tests will be required for a positive ID.
The boy's mother, Camilia Terry, 20, was arrested Monday after his body was found in trash bags at a waste processing site, police said. She initially had reported him missing from a park the day before.
Investigators said the mother's story changed, leading them to suspect that she was involved in his death. FBI agents stopped a garbage truck while searching the neighborhood and went to the trash processing location.
No charges have been filed, and no details about the boy's death have been released.
Terry was in jail Tuesday and couldn't be reached for comment. Her phone voice mailbox was full and couldn't accept messages, and it was unclear if she had retained a lawyer.
Terry had been in county custody from 2009, when she was 17, until February, when she was 19. Young people can stay in county custody after they turn 18 if troubled circumstances warrant and they are pursuing high school diplomas, Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said.
Terry was a foster child and remains in touch with her foster parents, Madigan said. Her two other children, 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, 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.
Terry had her first child in 2007, at age 14, and within months the agency received a neglect complaint against her, Madigan said. Over the years, the mother received financial help for rent, food and energy costs and counseling.
The agency never had a suggestion that Terry might harm her children, Madigan said.
Cleveland's The Plain Dealer newspaper reported that the mother had posted to several online sites used by singers and songwriters.
In one post, she sings a haunting refrain about being in pain from losing someone. One of the lines is, "I had a dream that someone I knew was going to die."
Several videos posted online seem to contain biographical details of her life in foster care, being a single mom, feeling alone and being stressed out.