Her 9-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter were found in a freezer. Authorities believe the children had been dead for about a year.
Autopsies conclude Stephen Berry and Stoni Ann Blair were likely beaten to death, though Stephen showed signs of thermal injury. He may have still been alive when he was stuffed into the freezer.
The mother, Mitchelle Blair, was arrested after then bodies were discovered during her eviction from the Martin Luther King housing project in Detroit.
A surviving daughter, 17, said Stephen had been tortured for two weeks prior to his death. The boy suffered hot water thrown on him while he was in the shower, forced to wear a plastic bag over his head, and had a belt affixed around his neck.
If these people don't mind abusing their own children, imagine what they will do to our children.
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A brother and sister whose bodies were found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home had been beaten to death, autopsies determined Friday, painting a more complete picture of the horrors that unfolded inside the home for years but that apparently went unnoticed by the outside world.
The Wayne County medical examiner's office classified the deaths of Stoni Ann Blair and Stephen Gage Berry as homicides, saying both were killed by multiple blows and that the young boy also had "thermal injuries."
Their older sister, who is 17, told child welfare officials that their mother, Mitchelle Blair, tortured Stephen "for approximately two weeks prior to his death by tying a belt around his neck, throwing hot water on him while in the shower and putting a plastic bag over his head."
The girl and Blair's other surviving child, an 8-year-old boy, have been placed in the care of a relative.
Blair, 35, is jailed on first-degree child abuse charges, but prosecutors said Thursday that she could face murder charges depending on what the autopsies found. The prosecutor's office said Friday that there would be no changes in the charges over the weekend.
Investigators believe Stoni was 13 when she died and Stephen was 9. They think Stephen died in August 2012 and that Stoni died the following May.
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