CLEVELAND, Ohio-Community activists and other community affiliates will hold a candlelight vigil on Wednesday Nov. 28 at 5:30 pm at Kassouth Park in Cleveland at E. 121st St and Williams Ave near Shaker Blvd. to remember three-year-old Emilliano Terry, whose missing body was found by police in a waste treatment landfill in Oakwood Village on Monday. The boy was initially thought to have been missing from the Buckeye Ave. apartment in Cleveland where he lived with his 20-year-old mother and two young siblings.
Camilia Terry, whose cries for help were ignored by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services, was arrested Monday and taken into custody in the connection with the death of her son. His lifeless body was recovered wrapped in a garbage bag. His mother allegedly told police that Emilliano vanished at Kassouth Park on Sunday.
"It breaks my heart," said Blaine Griffin, director of the Community Relations Board for the city of Cleveland, who led a community search team in hopes of finding young Emilliano with city employee James Box and Community Activist Khalid Samad.
Camilia Terry's other two children, five months and five years old, are in the custody of family and children services. She is in county jail and is likely to be indicted on criminal charges by a Cuyahoga Grand Jury. She was an aspiring singer and had allegedly told children and family services officials that she was overburdened and wanted her three children put up for adoption.
Emilliano's paternal grandmother, Mildred Cobbs, told reporters that she tried unsuccessfully to get custody of her grandson and that Camila Terry had allegedly broken the boy's arm and that she reported on her to children and family services to no avail.
The troubled young mother had been in and out of foster care herself until she was 18 years old.
Emilliano's father, Shawn Dobson, 19, whom police have said is not a suspect, and has a two-year old and another child on the way by another woman, told reporters that he had not seen his son in a year and that he thought he had moved out of the Cleveland area.
The celebrated tragedy has rocked the predominantly major metropolitan city of Cleveland.
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