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When court bailiffs went to a low-income townhome to evict a tenant in Detroit, they made a grisly discovery – the bodies of two of her children in a freezer.
The mother, identified as 35-year-old Mitchelle Blair, was being evicted, and now is the primary suspect in the murder of her own children, an 11-year-old boy, Stephen Berry, and a 13-year-old girl, Stoni Blair.
Blair, has been arraigned on child abuse charges and is being held on a $1 million bond due the "heinous" nature of the allegations, Magistrate Renee McDuffee said Thursday.
Blair confessed to killing her two children a year apart and hiding them in a freezer after she says she discovered they had been molesting a young relative. She forced the older surviving child to place the bodies in the freezer.
Last week, Wayne County prosecutors charged Blair with four counts of first-degree child abuse, a 15-year felony; and one count of committing child abuse first-degree in the presence of another child, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.
Murder charges may be filed as soon as the autopsies are completed.
"The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office is continuing the investigation regarding the deaths … while waiting for the autopsy report from the Wayne County Medical Examiner," Assistant Prosecutor Maria Miller said in a release.
The police found two surviving siblings, ages 11 and 17. They were given to social workers when Blair was arrested. They apparently knew about the bodies, and are now in the custody of an aunt.
The frozen bodies were found a little before noon on Tuesday inside a freezer in the townhouse living room by an eviction team on orders from the 36th District Court.
The bailiffs discovered the bodies and called the police.
Neighbors told local media that the children hadn’t been seen in more than a year.
Blair's Facebook profile was still active and noted that she is "Loyal to my babies."
Her most recent post on January 30 was "There is no greater blessing than being called Mom."
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