CLEVELAND - Camilia Terry, 21, showed no sign of emotion as a jury found her guilty Friday of murder, and nine other counts, for beating her three-year-old son, Emilliano, to death last November, then throwing his body in a dumpster.
"I was elated," said Emiliano's paternal grandmother, Porsha Dotson, "I knew it; everyone knew it. We just had to put it on paper; make it legal."
Dotson said she understands Camilia Terry had a tough life as a foster child and a young, single mother, but justice was served.
"[Emilliano] did not deserve to not be here and he did not deserve for that to happen to him," Dotson said.
Dotson said she told Camilia Terry she would raise the boy, but Camilia Terry said she was moving with her children out of state.
"I told the young lady to keep him here and she refused," Dotson said.
Dotson said they did not even know Emilliano was back in Ohio until Camilia Terry reported him missing.
Police searched for the toddler around her Buckeye Road apartment.
Investigators found his body wrapped in bags at a waste transfer station.
Camilia Terry told police several different stories on how Emilliano was killed, including that he hit his head while playing with a sibling, and was killed by an ex-boyfriend.
Camilia Terry’s attorneys reacted after the verdict.
"Obviously, very disappointed. I think we worked very hard on this case and made a lot of good points and created reasonable doubt, but apparently the jury didn't agree with us," defense attorney John Powers said.
Camilia Terry faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when she's sentenced on December 19.