The bodies of three dead infants were discovered Thursday when Massachusetts officials were searching a Blackstone home, along with vermin and piles of soiled diapers. A local prosecutor has not ruled out the possibility that more bodies may be inside, the New York Times reports.
Detectives investigating a case of reckless endangerment of children found the bodies on Thursday, about 50 miles southwest of Boston along the Rhode Island border. Four other children were previously removed from the home two weeks prior.
Joseph D. Early Jr., Worcester District Attorney, said the house was in “deplorable condition.” He said authorities are not certain of how or when the babies died, their ages, or their genders. No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the infants’ deaths.
Erika Murray, 31, who lives in the home, was arrested on charges related to the living conditions there, according to the police. Prosecutors said she would be arraigned Friday on charges including intimidation of a witness, the New York Times reports.
The search of the home, which lies just a couple hundred feet away from the town’s police station, is expected to last several days.
The four other children, ages 13-, 10, 3, and 6 months old, were removed from the house on Aug. 28, after a neighbor alerted police of their living conditions, Early said.
Investigators working in the small house donned hazardous material suits.
“The house is filled with vermin,” Early said. “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.”
The state Department of Children and Families said in a statement that the children who were living at the home are under state custody. It said the department did not have a case involving the family and that they learned about the situation through a report of possible abuse or neglect.
3 Dead Infants Found in Blackstone Home, No Criminal Charges Filed