Detroit mother charged with murder of children found in freezer

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Posted: Apr 01, 2015 4:04 PM

DETROIT (Reuters) - A Detroit mother has been charged with torturing and murdering two of her children found last month in a freezer in her apartment, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Mitchelle Angela Blair, 35, will face mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted of the felony murders of Stoni Blair, 13, and Stephen Berry, 9, whose frozen bodies were found on March 24, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said.

Blair also has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder, two counts of torture, four counts of child abuse, and one count of committing child abuse first degree in the presence of another child.

The Wayne County medical examiner has said that Stoni Blair died from multiple blunt trauma and Berry from multiple blunt trauma and thermal injuries, declaring their deaths homicides.

A juvenile court petition filed last week accused Blair of extensively abusing her surviving children, a 17-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. They were taken into protective custody on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Blair will be arraigned on the amended charges on Thursday morning, prosecutors said.

(Reporting by Serena Maria Daniels in Detroit and David Bailey in Minneapolis; Editing by Eric Beech and Sandra Maler)