(CLEVELAND) — A Cleveland woman has been arrested in the death of her 3-year-old son after police found what they believe is the body of the young boy at a waste treatment plant, according to authorities.
Cleveland police said on Monday they’re holding Camilia Terry, 20, at Cuyahoga County Jail to await charges in the death of her son, Emilliano Terry.
“We come here with heavy hearts, I’m sure you understand. Today, at approximately 4 o’clock, a body of a small child matching the description of Emilliano Terry was discovered at a waste treatment plant in Oakwood Village,” Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said, according to ABC News affiliate WEWS-TV. “So, in other words, right now, currently, we are treating this as a homicide, rather than a missing person or abduction.”
An autopsy will be performed later on Tuesday to determine how Emilliano died. Camilia told police her son vanished on Sunday just after 5 p.m. as she was pushing one of her other children on a swing in Kossuth Park.
“I’m calling you because I’m at a park and my son is missing,” She told a 911 dispatcher.
“How long has it been since you last saw him?” a 911 operator asked.
“Fifteen minutes ago. I was looking everywhere for him, I can’t find him,” the mother of three told the dispatcher while sobbing.
Police and the FBI began searching for the boy on Sunday. A volunteer group, the Guardian Angels, searched garages and abounded homes in the area, according to WEWS.
While the authorities were in Emilliano’s neighborhood on Monday, they noticed a garbage truck leaving the family’s home, Det. Ed Tomba told reporters at a news conference Monday evening.
Police took down the truck’s information and contacted Waste Management Inc. FBI agents went to the facility and found a body believed to be that of Emilliano’s inside trash bags, according to police.
Cleveland Police Cmd. Deon McCauley said Camilia’s story changed during questioning Monday.
“Some time during the day, of today, the statements of Miss. Terry became very inconsistent and we decided that we would further investigate her involvement in this situation,” he said.
Officers told WEWS that Camilia has not admitted to any crime. Her other two children are now with Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.
Cleveland police said they plan to search the family’s home again, according to WEWS.
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