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Detroit Mom Pleads Guilty in Children’s Deaths, Doesn’t ‘Regret Any of It’

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A Detroit mother has admitted guilt in the deaths of two of her children, whose bodies were found in the family's deep freezer in March, the Detroit Free Press reports


Mitchelle Blair pleaded guilty to two counts of murder in the deaths of Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry, offering details of the horrifying abuse they suffered before they died. 

According to the report, Blair confessed to repeatedly punching Stoni before putting a bag over her head until the 13-year-old lost consciousness. Blair also said she threw hot water over the teen and hit her on the head "over and over" and kicked her. Blair said that she meant to kill the girl, saying, "I do not feel any remorse for what I did to Stoni."


"If I had a chance to do it again, I would," Blair said during a hearing, according to the Free Press. 

Blair, however, told the court that she did not mean to kill Stephen and only meant to severely injure him. Blair admitted to kicking and punching the 9-year-old, as well as forcing him to drink window cleaner, burning him with hot water and putting a bag over his head. 

She called the two dead children "demons," saying she did not claim them as her children, insisting that she was protecting her youngest son from abuse by the deceased. However, authorities have found no evidence to back Blair's claims. 

"I have two children," Blair said, according to the Free Press. "That's it. Stephen and Stoni are demons, period."


Blair pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder for Stoni's death and one count of felony murder for Stephen's death. She is expected to spend her life in prison without parole when she is sentenced in mid-July.

Blair's two other children, an 8-year-old boy and a 17-year-old daughter, are currently being taken care of by a relative. 


The bodies of the children were uncovered on March 24 by a crew that was carrying out an eviction notice, the Free Press notes. Stephen was killed in 2012, while Stoni was killed the following year. 

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