Mom Charged With Murder of 5 Babies

Pa. woman hid pregnancies from husband and lover
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2010 5:52 AM CDT
This undated photo submitted by the Berks County Sheriff's Department shows Michele Kalina.    (AP Photo/Berks County Sheriff's Department via Reading Eagle)

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania woman successfully concealed five pregnancies from both her husband and the man she was having an affair with before killing the infants and hiding their bodies, say prosecutors. Nurse's aide Michele Kalina has been charged with criminal homicide in the deaths of the babies, whose remains were found in her home and in a landfill site, CNN reports. DNA testing has established that she is the mother of at least four of the infants, and her boyfriend is the father of at least three.

All five of the babies were born during the 14 years Kalina was having an affair. She was arrested in August after her teenage daughter found the remains of an infant in a closet in the family's home. "Nobody knew she was pregnant," the district attorney told the Reading Eagle. "I've been involved in the criminal justice system for 25 years and this is the most bizarre thing I've heard." He says pathology reports show that four of the deaths are "consistent with asphyxia, poisoning, or neglect."

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