WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Judith Owens, mother of 3-year-old Russell Cottrill who died at a Cleveland hospital Monday, agreed to talk to WYTV about her son.
The boy’s stepfather, 43-year-old Arthur Harper, is facing charges in relation to the death. He is currently in the Trumbull County Jail on a child endangering charge, and police say more charges could be pending, depending on a coroner’s report to determine the cause of death.
Owens said she was “stunned” by the allegations that Harper had something to do with the child’s death.
“I’m not doing good. I don’t sleep. I barely eat,” she said.
She said she hopes now that friends and family can mourn her the loss of her son, who she described as a “bundle of joy.” She said he was a big Dallas Cowboys fan; he hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. He loved trains, Curious George and Cat in the Hat.
Owens said the loss is especially hard for her, as she lost another son a few years ago to a heart condition.
She said Russell’s death will mean life for three other children, however, as he is an organ donor.
“I can honestly say that my son’s life is going to mean something,” she said.