As the Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry autopsy were conducted, the forensic investigation began to uncover the secrets surrounding their deaths.
The tragic incident in Detroit involving the discovery of two deceased children has taken a grim turn.
Findings from the medical examiner’s investigation revealed that the children died as a result of severe injuries caused by blunt force trauma.
Additionally, a court filing indicated that their mother, Mitchelle Blair, may have confessed to committing the heinous act.
A person serving an eviction notice at a house in Detroit’s east side found 13-year-old Stoni Ann Blair and 9-year-old Stephen Gage Berry inside a deep freezer.
The police promptly arrested Blair on the same day. They charged her with multiple counts of child abuse in connection with the deaths.
According to the reports, Stoni Ann died as a result of blunt-force trauma injuries.
The medical examiner’s spokesperson, Ryan Bridges, stated that the Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry autopsy did not determine the exact time of their deaths.
On the other hand, Stephen succumbed to both blunt force and thermal injuries, which were indicated by the burns on his body.
Bridges refrained from providing further details regarding the specific nature of these injuries.
The Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym L. Worthy, expressed the possibility of additional charges against Blair.
However, Wayne County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Maria Miller clarified that they did not file any further charges, although they continue to investigate the deaths.
The trial & confessions
Although Blair has not yet faced formal charges related to the children’s deaths, a family court filing obtained from the Michigan attorney general’s office reveals the disturbing confessions she reportedly made.
According to the court documents, she is believed to have subjected her four children to numerous gruesome abuses.
The court filing aims to ensure that Blair’s living 17-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son are not under her custody.
It states that Blair “severely physically abused her children and admitted to killing two of her children.”
Blair’s surviving children, who were housed with her when the bodies were discovered, have been placed in protective custody right away by the prosecutors.
According to the court filing, Blair’s teenage daughter disclosed to child services investigators that Stephen Gage Berry died in August 2012, while Stoni Ann Blair passed away in May 2013.
The court document showed that Mitchelle Blair strangled Stoni Ann with a black t-shirt and suffocated her with a plastic bag. She coerced her older daughter into assisting with disposing of the body in the freezer.
Furthermore, the 17-year-old girl informed investigators that Blair had subjected Stephen to torture for approximately two weeks prior to his death.
The acts of torture included tying a belt around his neck, burning him with hot water, and placing a plastic bag over his head, according to the court filing.
Court records indicate that both Blair’s 17-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son had suffered from bruising, cuts, and broken teeth as a result of their mother’s alleged abuse.
The court document stated that Blair deliberately kept her children hidden from public view.
They had not attended school for two years, and Blair had allegedly prevented their biological fathers from having contact with them.
In 2002 and 2005, the Michigan Child Protective Services responded to two substantiated reports of abuse involving this household.
The court’s decision to give Blair custody of her remaining children after these horrific incidents is a mystery to date.
Blair has been in police custody and faces charges of first-degree child abuse and one count of committing child abuse in the presence of another child.
She could potentially face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted.