Father of Emilliano Terry cried after hearing how 3-year-old son was beaten to death

Funeral for toddler set for Friday

CLEVELAND - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office released results from the autopsy on 3-year-old Emilliano Terry on Tuesday. It showed the little boy suffered from blunt force trauma to his head, torso and legs and arms.

His mother, 20-year-old C amilia Terry, is accused of murdering him.

Emilliano's father, Shawn Dotson, found out Friday about the severity of his son's injuries. He said he was already expecting the worst after authorities found Emilliano's body last Monday at a waste processing site in Oakwood Village.

"I didn't know what to say. I kind of just held my mom and let out a few tears because that's kind of extreme," said Dotson, "Basically, (Camilia) just beat him and left him there. His body gave out."

Dotson said he'd known Camilia for two years before dating her for only a week. He said he'd never experienced violence from her, but said he'd heard things concerning his son.

"But that was after I hadn't had any contact. She wouldn't ever do it in front of me," he said. "A few people would inbox me on Facebook or tell me that she may be neglecting (Emilliano). He was in the hospital for a broken arm or something minor, things at the time that I didn't take into consideration."

Meanwhile, Ohio Communities United organization has filed a complaint with the Department of Children and Family Services. They held a rally outside the county office and said they believe that in light of the recent killings of Emilliano and Lisa Knoefel, a foster mother stabbed to death allegedly by her foster daughter, it will bring to light the importance of having licensed social workers handling foster care cases.

They said it's unethical for unlicensed workers to engage in the removal of children from their birth homes to be placed in foster care without the proper training and education.

Dotson said the funeral for Emilliano will be Friday at Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home. The time hasn't been announced and Dotson said the wake will be private. A memorial fund has been established at KeyBank in Emilliano's name.

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