CLEVELAND-- For the first time, we are hearing from the Cleveland mother now on trial for killing her three-year-old son.
Inside the courtroom at the Justice Center late this afternoon, a videotape was released of Camilia Terry talking with investigators after the discovery of her son's body in a dumpster in November, 2012.
Terry’s defense team admits Terry originally gave different stories as to how her son, Emilliano, may have died. At one point, she says the three-year-old hit his head on a child car seat. In another scenario, she says it was a boyfriend who hit and kicked the young boy, leading to his death.
That story was detailed during an interrogation with Cleveland police investigators on the day Camilia Terry initially spoke with them about her son's death.
In the video, Terry says it was last November, her boyfriend was upset that she was communicating with another man. Terry says the boyfriend became so enraged, that he went on the attack, beating her and her young son Emilliano, who she says came to her defense.
Terry told investigators, “Emilliano, he didn't leave and I kept telling him to go leave and he didn't leave so he was beating up against Red trying to get him to stop cuz he was trying to rape me and but, Emilliano was hitting up against him so Red backhanded him on the wall and then he kicked him down the hallway.”
Terry says she was beaten so badly, she passed out and when she awoke, Emilliano had a bump on his head and was bleeding. She later told police she found him dead in his bed, then discarded the body. She claims she was too afraid to tell the truth, fearing no one would believe her.
Other witnesses on the stand, including a friend, testified Camilia Terry wanted to give her son up for adopton.
DeShanae King stated, “She wanted to give Emilliano up for adoption. She told you that? Yes. And when did Ms. Terry tell you that? It was sometime in November. And what, if anything, did you do when she told you she wanted to put him? I told her, Camilia that I would be here for her for whatever decision she had made.”
Testimony is expected to continue tomorrow.