Mother Charged With Murder After Bodies Of Three Infants Found Among Maggots
A Massachusetts mother has been charged with murder after the bodies of three infants were found among maggots in her rat-infested house.
WPRI reports that Erika Murray, 35, from Blackstone was arrested after her house of horrors was discovered in September 2014. Authorities became aware of the situation after a 10-year-old boy from the home asked a neighbor for assistance in getting a baby to stop crying
The Blackstone house is reported to have been covered in trash and feces and was infested by insects. Police discovered skeletal remains of three babies. The third dead baby was found in a closet, diapered and fully clothed. The state trooper also noticed that the placenta was still attached.
During court opening statements, prosecutors argued that Murray cared for her two eldest children, but, severely neglected the others.
“Erika Murray needlessly allowed her children to suffer in that home,” Asst. District Attorney Christopher Hodgens said.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Authorities stay that Murray and her boyfriend Raymond Rivera were the parents of all seven children, however, he will be tried separately.
The neighbor who made the discovery, Betsy Brown, took the stand to describe the horrors she saw. She revealed that the oldest boy was friends with her kids and remembers the “horrible, overcoming smell” inside the home.
“I immediately bent over I was trying to throw up,” Brown said. “Gagging, dry heaving, my eyes were watering. I was just immediately sick, physically ill.”
She testified that she saw a toddler covered in poop in a humid, dark, trash-filled room.
Testimonies in the trial are expected to continue later today.