3 Dead Infants Found in Squalid Mass. Home

4 children had been removed from Blackstone home 2 weeks ago
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2014 6:27 AM CDT
3 Dead Infants Found in Squalid Mass. Home
An emergency responder carries plastic bags away from a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found on Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The bodies of three infants were found in a now-condemned, vermin-infested Massachusetts home yesterday, two weeks after the state removed four children from the place, the Boston Globe reports. "We do not have the genders of the infants yet, we don't have the manner and cause of death," District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. tells WCVB. He went on to describe a deplorable scene: "The house is filled with vermin. We have flies, we have bugs. We have used diapers, in some areas as much as a foot-and-a-half to 2 feet high." Several pets were also found dead. Resident Erika Murray, 31, will appear in court today on charges related to the condition of the house, but her connection to the children found living in the home hasn't been revealed.

A rep for the Department of Children and Families says four children, ages 13, 10, 3, and 6 months, were taken from the Blackstone home after a call from a neighbor, who was told by one of the children that the baby wouldn't stop crying; the 6-month-old was found covered in feces, the AP reports. Authorities now "have to ascertain who was living in the house," Early says, noting investigators will be working at the home in hazmat suits for several days, searching for more remains. A neighbor says she believes a woman and her boyfriend lived at the home with two children, who sometimes played outside. "In seven years I've never even seen her pregnant," another neighbor adds. "I never even heard a baby cry." (More Massachusetts stories.)

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