Terry’s Lawyer: Don’t Rush to Judgement

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CLEVELAND -- The mother of 3-year-old Emilliano Terry appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court this morning, charged with one count of aggravated murder in her son's death.

A judge set bond at $2 million for Camilia Terry, 20, and ordered her not to have contact with her other two children.

She did not enter a plea.

Terry appeared solemn during the hearing, looking down at the podium during the entire proceeding.

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Prosecutors then spoke to the judge, estimating that Emilliano had been dead for five to seven days before his body was found at a waste treatment facility in Oakwood Village Monday night.

Assistant Prosecutor Brian Murphy also said that Emilliano had suffered blunt force trauma to the head and a skull fracture, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

After the arraignment, Terry's grandfather, Lonnie Terry, told reporters that he didn't believe his granddaughter could be capable of murder.

"Camilia was a good kid," he said.

Lonnie Terry was hesitant to talk further about the case.

Terry's attorney described his client's condition as a grieving mother and asked people not to "rush to judgement."

"She's a mess. She's very hurt and very devastated. She's grieving the loss of her child," John Powers said of his client.

At a Wednesday news conference, Cleveland police said they had reason to believe Terry was with her son when he died.

Despite providing an initial statement to the FBI, Terry has stopped talking to law enforcement officers, Deputy Police Chief Edward Tomba said.

Detectives are now working to find out when and where the crime took place, saying that it was possible that it had occurred at Terry’s Buckeye Road apartment.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday positively identified Emilliano Terry's body using DNA testing.

More charges could be filed against Terry as the case progresses.

She'll make another court appearance on December 6.

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