A mother killed three of her babies and let one of the infants decompose until it was just a diaper-wearing skeleton, police say.
The first day of Erika Murrays trial for the death of her three infants on Tuesday revealed appalling details about the conditions of her House of Horrors in Blackstone, Massachusetts.
Murray, 35, was arrested after the feces-covered, insect-filled, trash-strewn home was discovered by a neighbor, Betsy Brown, in August 2014.
Investigators would eventually find a dead infant stuffed in a backpack in a closet with the placenta still attached near a dead dog in separate bag. A second dead infant was found in another closet, NBC reported.
A third dead baby was found diapered and fully clothed, but they were skeletal remains, prosecutors said.
Murray, who had four living children in the house ranging from five months to 13-years-old, is charged with murdering two of the infants and letting one die by extreme neglect.
Prosecutors said that some of two of her children had never been taken outside and her 3-year-old was not capable of walking, could not feed herself and was developmentally delayed to a huge extent.
Brown was the first to testify in the trial and broke into tears as she described the deplorable conditions of the home that she discovered. She entered the house after Murrays 10-year-old came to her and asked her to help him shush a crying baby.
She said: Dirty diapers, lots of dirty diapers, baby bottles, maggots everywhere. It was really dark and hot. It was horrible.
You really couldnt see a floor. It was more like just walking on top of stuff trying to get to other stuff … horrible rotting food, dirty diapers. It was horrible. It was the worst smell Ive ever smelled.
Brown went upstairs and discovered an infant, and told the court: She had feces completely, pretty much covering her, hair, body, everything.