UPDATE 12:02 p.m. – Autopsies are underway on the bodies of two children found in a freezer in their Detroit home.
The Wayne County medical examiner’s office says details of the findings may be available by Friday afternoon.
Authorities had to wait for the bodies of Stoni Ann Blair and her brother, Stephen Gage Berry, to thaw. Investigators believe the siblings died about two years ago, when she was 13 and he was 9.
Their bodies were found Tuesday by court officers conducting an eviction.
Their mother, Mitchelle Blair, was arraigned Thursday on child abuse charges. Prosecutors say she could face murder charges once it’s learned how the children died.
Two other children are in protective custody.
UPDATE Friday 5:40 a.m. – Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two siblings found in a deep freezer in their east side Detroit home.
Authorities say they hope the bodies of Stoni Ann Blair and Stephen Gage Berry thaw enough by Friday to allow the medical examiner’s office to determine how they died.
They were found Tuesday by court officers conducting an eviction at their home. Authorities say they believe Stoni and Stephen died about two years ago, and that she was 13 and he was 9 when it happened.
Their mother Mitchelle Blair was arraigned Thursday on child abuse charges. Prosecutors say she could face murder charges once it’s learned how the children died. Two other children are in protective custody.
A prayer vigil is planned Friday evening at the apartment complex.
DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit teenager says her mother killed two of her siblings and forced her to put one of their bodies in the freezer where they were found.
Child welfare workers say in a court filing that Mitchelle Blair’s surviving daughter, who is 17 years old, said Blair tortured her 9-year-old brother, Stephen Berry, for about two weeks before he died in August 2012.
They say she told them her mother strangled her 13-year-old sister, Stoni Blair, in May 2013 after becoming enraged because Stoni said she didn’t like her siblings. She said her mother made her put Stoni’s body in the freezer.
The report says all of the children were severely abused.
Blair was arraigned on child abuse charges Thursday but could eventually face murder charges.