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Woman Held In Connection With Deaths Of Three Children

A Massachusetts woman is being held without bail after the bodies of three infants were found in her home.

   Erika Murray pleaded not guilty to concealing the deaths of the children, whose remains were found in a vermin invested home in Blackstone, a town on the Rhode Island border.   The 31 year old woman is believed to be the mother of four other children, who are now in state custody.  Police said a neighbor’s complaint about a crying child brought them initially to the home.  After social workers took the four children, police returned and discovered what appeared to be the body of a newborn baby concealed in a closet.  District Attorney Joe Early said a larger search led to the discovery of the remains of two more infants.

   " We do not have the genders of the infants yet," said Early  Thursday night. " We do not have the manner or cause of death."

   Police also found the skeletal remains of several animals.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.