The Judge who presided over Erika Murray’s murder case ruled that there was not enough evidence that some of the dead babies were born alive, and this was the reason given when the murder charge was dropped against the “House of Horrors” mom.
The 35-year-old mother was arrested and charged in 2014 when police found the bodies of three babies in her very untidy home in Blackstone, Massachusetts. She was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.
Originally investigations determined that one child was stillborn, but on Tuesday at her murder trial, the judge conceded that there was no way to prove that the second baby ever lived.
Judge Janet Kenton-Walker handed down the verdict and said there was no proof that the two babies were victims of a homicide.
One baby was found in sweatpants that was infested with maggots, while the other one was wrapped in a onesie that was filthy. They were in cardboard boxes found in closets in the home.
Children who were still alive, with what looked like maggots crawling out of some of their ears were removed from the home. Their ages were 13, 10, 3 and 6 months.
The house was torn down after everyone was removed because it was filled with trash, dirty diapers and junk. It was also Vermin-infested.
Keith Halpert who was Murray’s attorney., wanted all charges to be dropped; since there was no proof that she caused any of the deaths.
He said, “there was rampant speculation. However, the District Attorney said the children had on clothes and Murray said one of them was born alive.