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Michelle Blair (left) and the children she killed (top right) 13-year-old daughter, Stoni Ann Blair, and (bottom right) her 9-year-old son, Stephen Gage Berry. (Courtesy and family photos)

A Detroit mother was arrested March 24 after police found the bodies of two of her four children in her apartment building’s deep freezer, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Mitchelle Blair, 35, was being charged by the 36th District Court for not paying her rent.  Bailiffs showed up to evict Blair from her home in the Martin Luther King Apartments and found the children in the freezer. They immediately called the police.

When the police arrived, they heard Blair on the phone telling someone she was about to be arrested and “they’re both dead! I did it,” police said, as cited by the Free Press.

“The alleged facts in this case present examples of why we must be diligent and involved citizens,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a news release.  “A good way to protect society’s children is to be alert and look out your neighborhood youth, refuse to look the other way, and report what you know when necessary. Even though we are issuing these charges today, this tragic case remains under investigation.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined a time and cause of death, but the frozen bodies were identified as Blair’s 13-year-old daughter, Stoni Ann Blair, and her 9-year-old son, Stephen Gage Berry.

“It’s too early to even say what this could be, or to make any judgments,” Blair’s brother Marlon Blair told Detroit News.  “She didn’t have any emotional problems from what I’m aware of. I don’t know what to say about this.”

Blair is being charged with child abuse right now and her other two children were placed in productive custody.  As of now, the police do not know whether the children were present during the eviction or if they knew about their siblings.