CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Prosecutors speak exclusively with Newschannel5 about a story that ripped through headlines almost a year ago this month.
Camila Terry was found guilty Friday of killing her three-year-old son Emilliano. His body was dumped like trash and found in a garbage truck behind his mother's apartment off Buckeye Road in Cleveland.
Terry, 21, was convicted of one count of aggravated murder, three counts of murder, one count of felonious assault, two counts of endangering children, one count of tampering with evidence, one count of making false alarms and one count of gross abuse of a human corpse.
"I really think the jury spoke well for Emilliano," said Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jennifer Driscoll. "It's about time someone spoke for him because his mother wasn't going to," she said, standing in the Justice Center alongside lead council Anna Faraglia and co-counsel Ronni Ducoff, both assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutors. "She did the exact opposite that a mother is supposed to do. She destroyed that child. She killed that child."
The jury got the case around 3:15 p.m. and deliberated for less than two hours, according to Faraglia. "We were able to dispel her alibi and all of her inconstancies," Faraglia said. "There were over 500 exhibits that were given to them. This was a very thoughtful jury because they have been with us day in and day out."
On Nov. 25, Terry reported her son missing from Kossuth Park, triggering a search that included federal investigators. She told police that she turned her head for a moment and her child was gone. Investigators saw her story change several times after repeated interviews.
An FBI agent saw a garbage truck behind the Buckeye apartment and put together the possibility that her three-year-old might be in it. "If that agent hadn't seen the truck and diverted it, there would be no body and she would have come across as a grieving mother, because she is a wonderful actress," Ducoff said.
The little boy's body was found just a day after the 9-1-1 call at a waste processing site in Oakwood Village in a duffel bag. Terry was arrested and then charged with the crime.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has said Emilliano died from blunt force trauma to his head, torso, arms and legs.
Terry will be sentenced Dec. 19. She faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.