House of Squalor Mom's Lawyer: Murder Charges in Babies' Deaths ‘Speculation'

The lawyer for a Massachusetts woman who lived in a filthy home where the skeletal remains of three babies were found has told a judge that murder charges against her are the result of speculation by prosecutors.

The Springfield Republican reports that attorney Keith Halpern made the comments Thursday in Worcester Superior Court while arguing for several charges against Erika Murray to be dropped. The judge did not rule Thursday.

Murray is charged in the deaths of two of the three dead babies found in her Blackstone home in September 2014.

Halpern said there is no evidence to back up prosecutors' claims that Murray severely neglected two of the children and caused their deaths. A prosecutor disputed Halpern's comments Thursday.

The case returns to court Feb. 25. 

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