Massachusetts house where dead babies were found to be razed: reports

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 24, 2014 10:48 AM

BOSTON (Reuters) - Officials in Blackstone, Massachusetts, ordered the owner of a home where a 31-year-old woman was found living with the bodies of three of her dead children to tear the structure down, local media reported on Wednesday.

The town's board of health voted at a meeting late Tuesday to order the destruction of the beige, one-story house. Investigators had found it filled with refuse a foot high in places, including dirty diapers and dead animals, and infested with vermin.

The chairman of the board of health did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

The woman, Erika Murray, was arrested earlier this month and charged with fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and animal cruelty after state officials removed four living children, ranging in age from 3 months to 13 years, from the house.

Since police began searching the house on Sept. 10, it has been emptied of waste and boarded up. Area residents expressed shock that the woman had been living in filthy conditions with four children just a few hundred feet from a police station and gone unnoticed.

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Blackstone is about 40 miles southwest of Boston, near the Massachusetts-Rhode Island border.

(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)