Blackstone mother returns to court Monday

Erika Murray

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman charged with two counts of murder after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home faces arraignment.

Erika Murray is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Worcester Superior Court. The 31-year-old Murray was originally charged with fetal death concealment after the remains were found in her Blackstone home in September. She pleaded not guilty and was held on $1 million bail. She was indicted on the murder charges earlier this month.

The house was infested with rodents and insects, piled high with dirty diapers and contained dead animals. Workers in hazmat suits spent days cleaning out the house, which was later demolished.  Murray’s lawyer has said she has mental health issues and said there’s no evidence she caused the deaths of the babies.

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