Erika Murray is facing charges in the death of her infants today after police found their tiny skeletons in her Massachusetts home. Infant skeletons, a child with maggots in her ears and little kids covered in their own feces, is what officers encountered when entering Murray’s Massachusetts home.
Police found the babies’ remains during their initial visit to her home in September and they charged her with fetal death concealment. She pleaded guilty to the lessor concealment charges, but earlier this month those charges were changed to murder, according to CBS Crimesider News on Dec. 29.
Erika Murray, 31, had four children ranging in age from 5-months-old to 13-years-old removed from her home back in September after a neighbor called police. The neighbor saw the condition of the children in the home and immediately called authorities. The two youngest children were covered in their own feces and neglected horribly. The children were also malnourished.
Dirty diapers, dead animal carcasses and bugs were just part of the disgusting conditions these children were made to live in. The deplorable conditions were so bad that it took days for a Hazmat team to clear it out. The Blackstone house was condemned and demolished. The kids were placed in state custody.
Murray was held on $1 million bail when she was indicted on the murder charges earlier this month. She was arraigned for nine charges in all on Monday, which include two counts of murder. She pleaded not guilty to the murder charges. She was then ordered to be held without bail.
According to ABC News today, along with the two murder charges, she was indicted on “ two counts of assault and battery on a child causing substantial bodily injury, two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, two counts of cruelty to animals and one count of concealing a fetal death.”
Murray sat in the courtroom on Monday hardly saying a word. Her lawyer, Keith Halpern, said that she suffered from mental health issues and he also claims that there is no evidence proving that she caused the death of the babies whose remains were found in the house.
Prosecutors say that Murray gave birth to her five youngest children in the bathroom of the house she was living in. Because the father of the children did not want any more kids, she hid their existence from him by keeping the children in the upstairs bedrooms, which were filled with trash.
According to Kolo TV.com today, Halpern said that the children were not the only captives in the house, so was his client Murray. He also said “She was too…she was mentally ill to the point where she was incapable of doing anything. The house looked the way it looked because she was sick.”
Two of the dead babies’ remains were in diapers and wearing one-piece baby outfits. The two charges of murder were for these two sets of remains. The other set of remains was that of a fetus. All three bodies of the babies were kept hidden in the bedroom closets.
She had a three-year-old daughter with maggots in her ears and she could not walk or talk. She was severely malnourished. The six-month-old baby looked as if she spent her life so far on her back.
A neighbor who got a look at the children called the police on September 10. This is the day the police entered the home for the first time to find a nightmare of horrors within the walls of that home. Murray’s boyfriend said he lived in the basement and was unaware of the conditions of the rest of the house.
Raymond Rivera, 38, who is Murray’s boyfriend, is also facing charges. Rivera is the father of the children. He pleaded not guilty to all seven charges which included, “two counts of assault and battery causing substantial bodily injury and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child,” according to ABC News.