Hearing set for mother in Pa. newborn deaths

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Posted: Nov 3, 2010 12:33 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: newborn deaths, Pennsylvania, extramarital affair, Michele Kalina, Reading, babies, homicide, abuse of a corpse, asphyxia, poisoning, neglect, WBRZ

READING, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman charged with killing at least four of her newborns to cover up an extramarital affair is set to appear before a judge.

Michele Kalina is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon in the eastern Pennsylvania city of Reading.

Authorities say the 44-year-old woman hid the remains of five babies, at least four of whom were born alive, in coolers or encased in concrete in her closet.

Kalina faces one count of homicide and counts of abuse of a corpse and concealing the death of a child.

Authorities determined the four babies were killed in a manner consistent with asphyxia,
poisoning or neglect.

Prosecutors say Kalina hid at least six pregnancies from her husband and longtime boyfriend.

One other child was given up for adoption.

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