WORCESTER, Mass. (WPRI) — A Blackstone woman at the center of a shocking case will remain behind bars for at least another year.
Erika Murray, 36, was sentenced Thursday to a term of 6-8 years at the women’s facility in Chicopee plus five years of probation. She’s already served nearly five years in prison and will get credit for time served.
Murray was also ordered to undergo mental health treatment and have no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 10.
Last month, a judge found Murray guilty of assault and battery causing injury to a child and animal cruelty but acquitted her of murder and reckless endangerment.
Murray was arrested and charged after the skeletal remains of three infants were found hidden in a closet inside her home in 2014. In addition, she and her surviving children were found to be living in squalor in the trash-strewn, vermin-infested home, which has since been demolished.
The judge ruled the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Murray was responsible for the babies’ deaths.
She was, however, convicted of assault against her two youngest children, then aged 3 and 5 years old, who investigators said were kept hidden away from the world their entire lives.
Throughout the two-week trial, the defense sought to prove that Murray was mentally unstable and wasn’t aware of the consequences of her actions.