Blackstone “house of horrors” ordered torn down

Board of health chair says it'll never be suitable for human habitation

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BLACKSTONE, Mass. (AP) — The squalid central Massachusetts home where the remains of three infants were found has been ordered torn down.

The Blackstone Board of Health on Tuesday ordered the home’s owner to demolish the structure within seven days, or face fines of $500 per day.

Board Chairman William Walsh says the home, though cleaned out, still has a strong odor and will never be suitable for habitation.

The human remains were found in the rodent and insect infested house earlier this month. Four other children had been removed from the home last month.

Resident Erika Murray is being held without bail on charges including fetal death concealment and permitting substantial injury to a child.

The owner is a Woonsocket, Rhode Island, woman who was asked to attend Tuesday’s meeting but did not show up.

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