A MONSTER mum is on trial for murder after her three babies died in the family’s filthy home riddled with faeces, rats and maggots.
One of the infants’ bodies was found with an umbilical cord and placenta still attached, a court in Massachusetts, America, has heard.
Cops discovered the bodies of three babies, including the skeletal remains of two clothed infants, inside wardrobes while carrying out searches of 35-year-old Erika Murray’s home in Blackstone.
They were responding to a concerned neighbour’s call in relation to the mum’s four surviving children.
Worcester Superior Court was told that a neighbour, Betsy Brown, and police officers who first attended, found Murray’s home covered with rubbish and vermin on August 28, 2014.
An infant and a toddler were found alive, but distressed and allegedly covered in human poo, reports Mass Live.
When Brown heard babies crying from their bedrooms, she had confronted Murray – who is on trial for killing two of the three babies – about leaving the youngsters home alone for six hours.
Brown said that Murray “didn’t think it was a big deal”.
She said that she was overcome by the stench emanating from the home, adding: “As soon as I opened the door, I could hear the crying. The screaming. You could clearly hear children in distress.”
Brown added: “There was just a large amount of things, dirty diapers and bottles with maggots and things like that. Just clothes, and there was a child there on a mattress.”
She videoed the conditions on her cell phone, while awaiting police to arrive.
One cop said the house was in a “deplorable” condition.
Blackstone police patrolman Michael Pavone testified that when officials told Murray the local families and children agency would be taking her four children – aged 13, 10, three, and a five-month-old infant – into care, she showed no emotion.
Pavone said: “She suggested she was concerned about one of her cats getting out.”
The cop testified that he saw dirty nappies strewn across an upstairs bedroom floor, along with maggots and flies throughout the kitchen.
He also said that he found the baby covered in human poo, while other parts of the home were filled with rubbish and dirty nappies.
Pavone testified: “He was basically covered in human faeces. He had faeces on his face and hands. His diaper was soiled.”
When he tried accessing one room, he was unable to as rubbish was piled “a couple of feet tall” behind the door. He also noticed poo smeared on the walls.
Prosecutor Christopher Hodgens told the court that Murray had two different worlds for her seven children – one for those she wanted, and another one for the kids she didn’t want, writes CBS Boston.
The filthy home has since been demolished.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury, two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, two counts of cruelty to animals, and one count of concealing a foetal death.
Her lawyer says she is mentally ill, and that she didn’t realise how dirty the house was.
A judge is deciding the case after Murray waived her right to a jury. The trial continues.