Police Had Visited Home Where Dead Babies Were Found

NECN obtained a Blackstone, Massachusetts, police report that shows officers responded to the St. Paul Street home in 2007 when an unnamed woman told Erika Murray that she wanted to hurt herself.

As the investigation at a home in Blackstone, Massachusetts, where three infants were found dead earlier this week continues, NECN has learned that police have responded to the home in the past.

Thirty-one-year-old Erika Murray was arrested Thursday on charges that included fetal death concealment after the disturbing discovery. She is currently being held without bail.

According to police documents, officers have been called to 23 St. Paul Street in the past for various issues, including several reports of animal abuse.

In December of 2012, a caller reported seeing a dog on the back porch so cold that it could not sit down.

In a 2007 incident, officers responded to the house after an unnamed woman who lived there told Murray that she wanted to hurt herself.

The report states Murray didn't live at the home in 2007, but down the road at 3 St. Paul Street.

Officers responding to that call said they saw two children, ages 4 and 7 at the time, sleeping on couches - the room littered with dirty clothes. A report was filed with the Department of Social Services.

The report also said the unnamed woman bit a Blackstone rescue officer, but no charges were filed.

Residents of the town still can't believe what police say was going on inside the home.

"In Blackstone, we are a very loving, caring family," neighbor Le-Anne Defaut told NECN. "And I'm just blown away by this."

A former neighbor described the odor of dog feces behind the home in an exclusive interview with NECN.

"The smell behind there was so bad that it almost knocked me off my feet," said Marie White, who moved to Florida two years ago.

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families removed four children from the home two weeks ago, but didn't find the infant bodies until this week.

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