The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman accused of killing two of her children and hiding their corpses said there’s no evidence she had anything to do with their deaths.
The remains of two babies and a fetus were discovered at Erika Murray’s Blackstone home in September 2014. She is charged with murder in two of the deaths and has pleaded not guilty.
“There is no evidence. All there is is speculation,” attorney Keith Halpern argued in court Thursday, according to Mass Live. “They say, ‘We think these children died of neglect. We think these children starved to death.’ Maybe. We’ll never know.”
But Assistant District Attorney John Bradley said Murray showed a pattern of neglect. “Common sense inference is that if you have a baby and simply leave that baby to his or her own devices without care, then that baby is going to die,” he said. “We suggest that is what happened here.”
Halpern is asking that the murder charges against his client be dropped. The judge did not rule Thursday.
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Allegations of Abuse
Four living children were removed from Murray’s home in September 2014. One 3-year-old child seemed essentially deaf because her ears were teeming with maggots.
“The pediatricians had to literally clean the maggots out of her ears so that she was able to hear correctly,” Bradley said at Murray’s arraignment in December 2014.
Police found the 3-year-old “covered in feces” in a room “completely filled with trash that was piled about two feet high,” according to Bradley.
A 6-month-old was also discovered in a room next door that had “stacks of soiled diapers that were piled about a foot or so high,” said Bradley in December 2014.
The body of one infant was found in a closet “wrapped in a pair of sweat pants,” Bradley said. “The baby still had the umbilical cord and the placenta attached to it, and had what appeared to be a full head of hair.” Two other dead babies were also found in closets. A 13-year-old and a 10-year-old taken from the home appeared unharmed.
Prosecutors have argued that Murray hid the babies from her live-in boyfriend because, for financial reasons, he did not want any more children after the first two.
In addition to two counts of murder, Murray is charged with assault and battery of a child, reckless endangerment of a child and animal cruelty. She has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.
She is due back in court on Feb. 25.