READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges in connection with the deaths of five newborns whose skeletal remains were found at her home.
Forty-five-year-old Michele Kalina pleaded guilty to one-count of third-degree murder at a court hearing in Reading on Thursday. She also pleaded guilty to abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child.
A sentencing hearing is under way. The defense says Kalina was abused by her father as a child.
The hearing comes a year after her teen daughter found the remains in a locked closet.
Authorities say DNA tests show most, if not all, of the five babies were conceived through a longtime affair with a co-worker. Neither he nor Kalina's husband knew about the pregnancies.