CLEVELAND — Cleveland police spread some holiday cheer to a family that has seen a lot of pain in recent weeks.
Officers from the Fourth District were “Santa’s Helpers” on Friday, passing out Christmas gifts to 5-year-old Carl Terry. His younger brother, 3-year-old Emilliano, was killed and his body found in the trash last month.
Their mother, Camilia, is charged with his murder. Carl is now in the care of his paternal grandmother.
Carl tried to guess what was in one of the presents he received.
“I think it’s a truck,” he said with excitement.
“The community make [sic] Carl happy and in making him happy that made me happy,” his grandmother, Mildred Cobbs, said. “As long as I see his smile, my day is OK.”
Fourth District Sgt. Cynthia Sain said the police officers hope the presents bring some joy at a time of great sadness for this family.
“When tragedies happen, it affects us personally also. And, this is from our police community,” Sain said.
The police officers also delivered Christmas gifts to Emilliano’s 5-month-old brother who is also in the care of paternal relatives.