Almost every day, it seems there are news reports about teachers abusing their students, kids being ruthlessly bullied by their classmates, and shooters targeting schools. For some parents, the idea of sending their children out into the world when they’re not there to protect them is too terrifying to handle.
For that reason, many parents decide to pull their kids out of school and educate them at home, where they know it’s safe. One Michigan mom, on the other hand, had a very different and very sickening reason for homeschooling her kids…
Child Protective Services
In 2002, a Michigan woman called Child Protective Services (CPS) after she discovered scars all over her neices’ backs while bathing them. The agency started an investigation and found evidence that the two little girls and their brothers were being abused.
Signs Of Abuse
However, CPS never filed a petition to take custody of the children away from their parents. In 2005, CPS started another investigation after they received reports that the children smelled like urine. For the second time, they found evidence of abuse but failed to take custody away from their parents…
For the next 10 years, CPS heard nothing more about the kids. It seemed like single mom Mitchelle Blair had gotten her act together, but really no one had any idea how the kids were since Blair had pulled them all out of Detroit public schools to homeschool them.
It wasn’t until March 2015 that police learned what was really going on in Blair’s home when they arrived to evict Blair from her apartment at the Martin Luther King Apartments on March 24. While crews were working to clear out the apartment, they found something horrifying…
A Horrifying Discovery
The crew started clearing out a deep freezer, which had been kept in the living room of the Detroit apartment. When they opened it up to start throwing away what was inside, they discovered the frozen bodies of two of Blair’s children.
Identifying The Victims
The children that the crew found inside were Blair’s 13-year-old daughter, Stoni A. Blair, and her 9-year-old half-brother, Stephen Gage Berry. Blair’s two other kids, a 17-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy whose names have not been released, were thankfully still alive…
Notifying The Fathers
After finding the bodies, A Wayne County sheriff’s deputy immediately arrested Blair. The police then contacted the children’s fathers, 35-year-old Alexander J. Dorsey and 31-year-old Steven Berry, to tell them what had happened to their kids.
The Medical Examiner
It was clear all of the children had been subjected to abuse throughout their lives, but police needed to know what exactly happened to Stoni and Stephen just before they died. In order to find out, the police brought the bodies to Wayne County Medical Examiner Carl Schmidt…
However, Stoni and Stephen had been frozen for so long that the medical examiner had to wait 2 days for them to thaw so that he could start the autopsies. However, once Schmidt started, what he discovered was way worse than anyone had imagined.
The Truth Is Revealed
According to Schmidt, Stephen had died and had been stored in the freezer since August 2012. Stoni had been in the freezer since May 2013. Both of the children were covered in healed scars and burns, many of which seemed to be cigarettes…
Schmidt also discovered that Stoni’s arm had been fractured and had never been treated. And that wasn’t even the worst of it. “Both of Stoni’s ears had extensive loss of tissue,” Schmidt said. “And I don’t know quite what might have caused that, but it almost looks like they were chewed off.”
Cause Of Death
Both Stoni and Stephen had been punched so many times that their teeth were chipped and the insides of their mouths were covered in scars. They were both extremely malnourished. Ultimately, the kids had both been killed from a series of blows to the head. “Wherever you looked there was either a scar, an ulceration, a burn or a blow,” Schmidt said…
The Absent Fathers
Dorsey and Berry had both been unemployed for years and had no way of supporting their kids so they stayed out of Blair’s life. Neither of the fathers had seen their children in years, and had just assumed they were happy and being well cared for.
Once in police custody, Blair admitted to killing both her kids. Not only did the 36-year-old claim responsibility for their deaths, but she also admitted to choking Stoni and Stephen, suffocating them with bags until they passed out, beating them regularly, and throwing burning hot water on them…
According to Blair, their was a reason for all of the abuse. Blair claims that Stephen and Stoni had ‘gang-raped’ her 8-year-old son multiple times when he was 6 years old. Blair also claimed that Stephen would rape and urinate on her son during the night and that Stoni admitted to abusing her brother.
According to Blair, she hid the bodies of her children so she could stay out of jail as long as possible in order to take care of her other kids. During the trial, where Blair faced a life sentence, she again admitted to killing her own children and voluntarily plead guilty without a plea deal…
However, Blair never reported the rape or witnessed it for herself. As details of the shocking abuse came to light, the court realized just how much the kids endured. But what made everything even worse was what Blair said next about what she had done.
“I don’t feel no remorse for the death of them demons,” Blair said. “She raped my son,” Blair said about Stoni. “I intentionally killed her… and if I had the chance to do it again, I would.” Blair then claimed that Stephen’s death had been an accident but she was glad he was dead…
After Blair confessed to murdering her children, she asked to be given the death penalty, however, there is no death penalty in Michigan. As expected, Wayne County Circuit Judge Dana Hathaway found Mitchelle Blair guilty of her first-degree murder conviction and sentenced her to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Two Years Later
Two years after the sentencing, Blair has had to be segregated in prison because she has assaulted other inmates and multiple guards. Her surviving children, who were also abused, are now doing incredibly well. The oldest daughter went back to high school and will be going to college. Her younger brother has been adopted and is also back in school. “They both definitely exceeded expectations,” Wayne County Circuit Judge Edward Joseph said. “Both children overcame the majority of the setbacks they encountered in the case.”