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Mother to plead in 5 newborns’ deaths

Associated Press / May 7, 2011

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PHILADELPHIA — A southeast Pennsylvania woman suspected of killing five newborns and keeping their skeletal remains in a locked closet has negotiated a plea.

Michele Kalina of Reading, 44, is set for a combined plea and sentencing hearing on June 2, court records show.

Investigators believe the home health aide secretly gave birth to five babies conceived through an extramarital affair with a co-worker and immediately killed them.

She gave birth to a sixth child of his in a hospital in 2003 and put the girl up for adoption, authorities said. The boyfriend was unaware of the pregnancies.

Kalina is married and has a teenage daughter and had a disabled son who died of natural causes in 2000 at age 13.

The proposed plea agreement has not been filed and it is not clear what charges Kalina will admit to. The plea may not end the many mysteries surrounding the case, including where Kalina gave birth, why she delivered the sixth child at a hospital, and why she kept the infants’ remains, even when her family moved across town.

One set was buried in cement and the others in a cooler, a plastic tub, and a cardboard box. After the family moved into a high-rise apartment near the county courthouse, she kept the containers in a locked closet, with strict orders that her husband and daughter keep out, according to a police affidavit.

But curiosity got the better of the 19-year-old daughter one night last summer when Kalina was out. She made the gruesome discovery and called police.

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