Three dead babies found in squalid Massachusetts home

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Posted: Sep 11, 2014 9:07 PM

(Reuters) - The bodies of three infants have been found amid the "squalor" and vermin of a condemned southern Massachusetts home where four children were previously removed by state officials, Worcester County officials and media said on Thursday.

The cause of death and the gender of the infants found at the home in Blackstone, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, was unknown and no arrests have been made yet, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters.

"The house is in squalor," Early said. "The house is filled with vermin. We have flies, we have bugs, we have used diapers in some areas as much as a foot and a half, two feet high."

Investigators searching the home have to wear hazmat suits and undergo a decontamination process when they leave the residence, Early said.

The Blackstone Police Department said it was working with Early's office to investigate the "disturbing findings," department spokesman John Guilfoil said.

Detectives were investigating a case of "reckless endangerment of children" when they made the discovery, Early said in an e-mailed statement.

Four children - aged six months, 3 years old, 10 years old, and 13 years old - were removed from the house about two weeks ago by the Department of Children and Families, broadcaster CBS News reported.

(Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Sandra Maler)