Mom in fetal death concealment case due in court

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Erika Murray listens as she is arraigned at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Murray, 31, was arrested Thursday night on charges including fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and permitting substantial injury to a child. Not guilty pleas were entered Friday on her behalf. Detectives investigating a case of reckless endangerment of children found the bodies this week at the house littered with soiled diapers in Blackstone, about 50 miles southwest of Boston. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Paul Kapteyn, Pool)
Both "condemned" and "keep our" signs are attached behind police tape to the front door of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found Thursday in Blackstone, Mass., Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Erika Murray, 31, was arrested Thursday night on charges including fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and permitting substantial injury to a child. Not guilty pleas were entered Friday on her behalf. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
Erika Murray, center, stands between her lawyer Keith Halpern, left, and a court officer during her arraignment at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge, Mass. on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. Murray, 31, was arrested Thursday night on charges including fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and permitting substantial injury to a child. Not guilty pleas were entered Friday on her behalf. Detectives investigating a case of reckless endangerment of children found the bodies this week at the house littered with soiled diapers in Blackstone, about 50 miles southwest of Boston. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Paul Kapteyn, Pool)
UXBRIDGE, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Erika Murray is led out of Uxbridge District Court after her arraignment on charges including concealment of three infant deaths in her Blackstone home. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
, MA - SEPTEMBER 12: Erika Murray is led out of Uxbridge District Court after her arraignment on charges including concealment of three infant deaths in her Blackstone home. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
A "condemned" sign is attached behind police tape to the front door of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A Blackstone, Mass. police vehicle sits next to a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A Blackstone, Mass. police vehicle drives in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
An emergency responder carries plastic bags in a direction away from a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
An emergency responder in protective clothing, left, works on the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
An emergency responder in protective clothing walks toward a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
An emergency responder in protective clothing folds a tarp on the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Emergency personal in protective clothing fold a tarp on the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday that authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
An emergency personnel member works across the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Investigators in protective clothing drag a tarp across the street in front of a house where a Massachusetts prosecutor said the bodies of three infants were found Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, in Blackstone, Mass. Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Thursday authorities don't know when or how the babies died. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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UXBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman who lived in a filthy, vermin-infested house where the bodies of three infants were found was due in court for a status hearing.

Erika Murray, 31, of Blackstone, was arraigned last month on charges of fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and permitting substantial injury to a child.

The state Department of Children and Families removed four children ranging in age from 6 months to 13 years from Murray's home in August after her 10-year-old son went to a neighbor's house and asked for help in quieting a crying baby.

The neighbor found a 6-month-old baby covered in feces and a 3-year-old child. After interviewing the older children, police got a search warrant and went back to the house, where they found the remains of three babies. The state medical examiner is trying to determine whether they were newborns or fetuses.

Murray was due in Uxbridge District Court on Tuesday morning for the routine hearing. Her boyfriend was due in the same courthouse Tuesday for a separate hearing on marijuana charges.

Murray's attorney, Keith Halpern, has said he believes Murray is suffering from a mental illness.

Halpern declined to comment on her condition Friday.

No birth records could be found for the two youngest children. Halpern said previously that he believes Murray secretly gave birth to those children because her boyfriend didn't want any more kids than the two they already had together, the 10-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl.

The boyfriend, Ramon Rivera, has not been charged in connection with the discovery of the infants' remains. A clerk at Uxbridge District Court said Rivera does not have a lawyer listed in his file.

The Blackstone Board of Health condemned the house where Murray, Rivera and the children lived and are planning to demolish it later this month. Authorities said it contained piles of dirty diapers, trash and the remains of dead animals.

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