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2 of 3 dead babies found in Massachusetts home were alive for some period of time, DA says

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Erika Murray enters the courtroom by a court officer for her arraignment at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge, Mass. Murray was arraigned in September 2014 on charges of fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and permitting substantial injury to a child. Murray is scheduled to appear in court, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, for a status hearing. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette,  Paul Kapteyn, Pool, File)

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, file photo, Erika Murray enters the courtroom by a court officer for her arraignment at Uxbridge District Court in Uxbridge, Mass. Murray was arraigned in September 2014 on charges of fetal death concealment, witness intimidation and permitting substantial injury to a child. Murray is scheduled to appear in court, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, for a status hearing. (AP Photo/Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Paul Kapteyn, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities think at least two of the three babies whose skeletal remains were found in a filthy Massachusetts home were alive "for some period of time" before they were found.

A prosecutor said in court Tuesday that both bodies were found wearing diapers and one-piece infant outfits in bags hanging in closets in the vermin-infested Blackstone home.

The details were revealed during a pre-trial hearing for Erika Murray. A judge ordered her held on $1 million cash bail. A prosecutor had asked for $5 million cash bail.

A neighbor alerted authorities last month after Murray's 10-year-old son asked for help quieting a crying baby. Prosecutors said a pediatrician found that Murray's two youngest surviving children, girls aged 5 months and 3 years, had been "profoundly neglected" and "severely malnourished."