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article imageMass. woman charged with murder in death of two infants

By Karen Graham     Dec 17, 2014 in Crime
Blackstone - A Blackstone, Massachusetts woman has been indicted on two charges of murder after the skeletal remains of three of her children were found in her filthy home, literally crawling with vermin in September.
Erika Murray, 31, has been held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty to earlier charges that included fetal death concealment. Keith Halpern, Murray's attorney, said on Tuesday that he is disappointed that prosecutors have upgraded the charges against her.
Murray's attorney has said the woman has been dealing with mental health issues. "There's no evidence that she did anything to cause the death of any of these infants," Halpern said. "There's no evidence of how they died."
The Blackstone  horror house  has been demolished.
The Blackstone "horror house" has been demolished.
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Murray's four living children, ages five months to 13 years old were removed from the garbage-filled home in August and placed under the care of children's services. Prosecutors say the five-month-old and three-year-old were covered in their own feces and suffered from severe neglect. Police later searched the house and found the bodies of the three babies hanging in bedroom closets.
On Tuesday, Murray's live-in boyfriend, Raymond Rivera, 38, was arrested in Uxbridge. He was charged with child abuse and neglect of the two youngest living children. Prosecutors said DNA evidence showed he is the father of all seven of the children. He was also charged with two counts of animal cruelty and one count of illegally growing marijuana. His bail has been set at $100,000.
Rivera gave testimony last month, saying he lived in the basement and tearfully recounting that he had no idea what was going on upstairs in the house. But the prosecutor said at Revera's arraignment that he was sleeping with Murray every night in a room near the bedroom where the younger children were.
Prosecutors say there is no way Revera didn't know what was going on. The prosecutor quoted a pediatrician as saying that this was the worst case of child neglect she has ever come in contact with in her practice, reported MyFox Boston.
In some places  soiled diapers were a foot-and-a half deep on the floors.
In some places, soiled diapers were a foot-and-a half deep on the floors.
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The house, reportedly owned by Rivera's sister was rat-infested, with the rooms filled with trash. There was feces smeared on the walls, soiled diapers strewn about, as well as the remains of several dead animals. It took workers wearing Haz-Mat suits several days to clean out the garbage before the house was demolished.
There were no birth records on file for the five-month-old child or the three-year-old, according to authorities. Both children were severely malnourished, one child almost skeletal.
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