Mother pleads not guilty in babies’ deaths

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Erika Murray enters a courtroom for her arraignment at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge, Mass. District Attorney Joseph Early announced Tuesday, Dec.16, 2014 that Murray been indicted on two murder charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home in September. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Paul Kapteyn, Pool, File)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) €” A Massachusetts woman found living with the skeletal remains of three babies in a squalid home has pleaded not guilty to two counts of murder.

Erika Murray barely spoke as she was arraigned Monday in Worcester Superior Court.

The 31-year-old had originally been charged with fetal death concealment after the remains were found in her Blackstone home in September. She was indicted on the murder charges earlier this month.

She has been held on $1 million bail.

The house was infested with rodents and insects, piled high with dirty diapers and contained dead animals. Workers in hazmat suits spent days cleaning out the house, which was later demolished.

Murray’s lawyer has said she has mental health issues and said there’s no evidence she caused the babies’ deaths.

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