Erika Murray, who was arrested after the bodies of three dead infants were found in her home in the town of Blackstone, is escorted into the courtroom by a court officer for her arraignment in Uxbridge, Massachusetts September 12, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Kapteyn/Pool
Two of the three infants who were found dead in a Blackstone house of horrors apparently lived long enough for their mother to clothe and diaper them before allegedly concealing their lifeless bodies in mounds of squalor.
Worcester County Assistant District Attorney John E. Bradley Jr. said Tuesday said in Uxbridge District Court the infants were dressed in onesies and were wearing diapers when investigators found their remains last month.
One of the children had "a fairly full head of hair," Bradley said.
Their mother, Erika Murray, 31, was held on $1 million cash bail Tuesday on charges of fetal death concealment, witness intimidation, and permitting substantial injury to a child. Prosecutors had only asked she be held on $500,000.
Investigators also found four living children between the ages of three and 13 living in the home, which was rampant with filth, feces and decayed animal remains.
Police began searching Murray's house on Sept. 10 after a neighbor entered the house in response to a call from Murray's son about a crying baby.
The neighbor "found the home to be in complete squalor ... the smell of human and animal feces was overwhelming, and there was trash strewn throughout the home," Bradley said in court.
Murray's lawyer argued that she was not a flight risk.
"There may be no one less likely to run away than ErikaMurray" because she has no money or means to travel, said defense attorney Keith Halpern.
Murray had hardly left thehouse in the seven or eight years before herarrest, Halpern said
Reuters contributed to this report.
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