Authorities would determine that the bodies, found wrapped in a plastic bag had been in a freezer for more than a year whilst the mother continued to live at the Martin Luther King apartments with her two other children, aged 11 and 17.
Blair, 35 who also goes by Angel and who describes herself as “Loyal to my babies” on her Facebook page, recently posted a photo with the following statement: “There is no greater blessing than being a MOM.”
Prior to being taken away, WXYZ Detroit reports the woman telling that her son was raped and that the child’s sexual assault had been carried out by his siblings. Why or how the child then ended up in a freezer along with their sister is not necessarily understood. Or why for that matter the woman declined to report the purported sexual abuse to authorities.
Mitchelle Blair, 35, was arrested Tuesday after court officers serving an eviction notice at her home opened the freezer and found the bodies of her daughter Stoni Ann Blair and her son Stephen Gage Berry.
Neighbors said they hadn’t seen the dead children in about a year. None of the four children was enrolled in Detroit schools, and friends said their mother was home-schooling them.
Under state law, Michigan parents have the right to homeschool their children. Educating them, assigning homework and testing are the parent’s responsibility.
Registering the home school to the state Education office is voluntary, unless the student is special needs and special education services have been requested from the local school district.
The state was not notified that Blair’s children were being homeschooled this year, said Education Department spokesman Bill Disessa.
Neighbors say Blair has lived in the complex at least 10 years. She was unemployed and having money troubles, and she had gotten behind on her rent. Neighbors said they knew about the impending eviction. Court records show a judgment filed last month against her for $2,206 owed to the complex.
Despite her money and other problems, friends still call her a good mother. Blair is known throughout the complex of low-income townhomes as “Angel” — a play on her middle name, Angela, that she got because she is so well-liked, said neighbors Carrie McDonald and Shay Wilson.
“The mother is a beautiful person. She was just going through some things,” said McDonald said. “She has a good heart.”
But neighbors rarely saw the four children outdoors. Some say they hadn’t seen Stoni and Stephen for about a year.
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