Homicide

Autopsies planned on bodies of Detroit children found in freezer who likely died 2 years ago

  • Mitchelle Blair stands during her video arraignment at the 36th District Court, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Detroit. The Detroit woman charged with child abuse after the bodies of two of her children were found in her home freezer has been ordered to stay in jail Thursday unless she can post a $1 million bond.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, Jose Juarez )  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Mitchelle Blair stands during her video arraignment at the 36th District Court, Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Detroit. The Detroit woman charged with child abuse after the bodies of two of her children were found in her home freezer has been ordered to stay in jail Thursday unless she can post a $1 million bond. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Jose Juarez ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Notes are left on the door at a town home in Detroit, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, where two bodies were found. A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family's home, police said. Court officers found the children's bodies while carrying out an eviction order at the 3-bedroom home in the apartment complex. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Notes are left on the door at a town home in Detroit, Wednesday, March 25, 2015, where two bodies were found. A Detroit mother was arrested Tuesday after the frozen bodies of a boy and girl were found in a deep freezer in the family's home, police said. Court officers found the children's bodies while carrying out an eviction order at the 3-bedroom home in the apartment complex. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Clarence Tabb Jr.) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of two children found in a deep freezer in their Detroit home.

Authorities say they hope the bodies of Stoni Ann Blair and her brother, Stephen Gage Berry, thaw enough by Friday to allow the medical examiner's office to determine how they died.

Authorities believe Stoni and Stephen died about two years ago, when she was 13 and he was 9. Their bodies were found Tuesday by court officers conducting an eviction at their home.

Their mother, Mitchelle Blair, was arraigned Thursday on child abuse charges. Prosecutors say she could face murder charges once it's learned how the children died.

Two of her other children are in protective custody.

A prayer vigil is planned Friday evening at the apartment complex.