Detroit Mom Who Put Dead Kids in Freezer Is Sentenced

Mitchelle Blair will serve life in prison without parole
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 17, 2015 10:46 AM CDT
Detroit Mom Who Put Dead Kids in Freezer Is Sentenced
This June 4, 2015 file photo shows Mitchelle Blair during a custody hearing in Detroit.   (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP, File)

A Detroit woman with no remorse for killing two of her four children and stuffing the bodies in a home freezer was sentenced today to life in prison without parole. Mitchelle Blair was charged, convicted, and sentenced in less than four months; an eviction crew discovered the children's bodies in the freezer in March. They had been stored there for a few years. Blair pleaded guilty in June to first-degree murder. Blair killed her 13-year-old daughter, Stoni, in 2013 and 9-year-old son, Stephen, in 2012. She claims they had sexually abused a sibling, though she didn't witness the alleged assaults and never reported anything to police. Prosecutor Carin Goldfarb said there was no evidence of sexual assault.

She described how she poured scalding water on the victims, beat them with sticks and put trash bags over their heads. "So this was your way of inflicting punishment?" Judge Dana Hathaway asked. "Definitely," replied Blair, 36. "I don't regret none of this. ... I don't feel no remorse for the death of them demons," she said. The mother underlined that sentiment at her sentencing hearing. "As horrendous as everybody thinks I am—that's fine," Blair told Hathaway. Friends and neighbors said they didn't know there was trouble in the home and rarely saw Blair's four children. Two surviving children, ages 17 and 8, have been placed with an aunt. (More Detroit stories.)

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