Mother confessed to killing two of her children

A mother of four who is accused of slaying two of her children and stuffing their bodies in a freezer at their Detroit, Michigan, home screamed during a custody trial on Thursday that she killed them.

Mitchelle Blair, 35, was charged in April with torturing and beating to death her nine-year-old son Stephen Berry in August 2012, before suffocating her daughter, Stoni Blair, 13, the following May.

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Following the murders, she allegedly dumped her children’s bodies in a deep freezer at her house. The victims’ frozen bodies were found covered in plastic by officials during an eviction on March 24.

In court on Thursday, Blair started swearing loudly as a five-minute break was declared. As she was escorted out the room, she yelled, ‘Everybody wants to know. Yes, I did kill her,’ referencing Stoni.

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At another point in the hearing, a videotape was played showing one of Blair’s surviving two children – an eight-year-old boy – telling a social worker that he had witnessed the killing of his older brother.

In response, Blair yelled that he ‘didn’t see me kill Stephen, ’cause it was unintentional’.

In the videotape, the young boy also told the social worker that he was whipped with a cord and that his surviving half-sister was hit with a hammer. Both siblings have been placed in a relative’s care.

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The defendant, who was arrested on the same day her children’s bodies were found, was temporarily removed during the trial to settle her parental rights to her surviving son and 17-year-old daughter.