Woman found with 3 dead babies at home had 1 born alive

BOSTON — A lawyer for the Massachusetts woman facing charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home says she had the babies starting about eight years ago, including one infant she said was born alive and lived for several days.

Attorney Keith Halpern said Friday that Erika Murray told police she put the baby down for a nap and when she returned about an hour or two later, the baby was dead. The Boston Herald was the first to report the information Murray told authorities.

Murray is being held on $1 million bail.

Prosecutors have said that two of the dead babies found in Murray’s Blackstone home may have been alive for “some period of time” before they were discovered.

Halpern said Murray had the three babies in between her 10-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter. Prosecutors say the 3-year-old and a 5-month-old girl were profoundly neglected.

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