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DEAD BABIES PUT IN BIN WITH AN AIR FRESHENER.

Byline: ANDY RUSSELL

A MOTHER faces jail for hiding the bodies of four stillborn girls, keeping three of the decomposing corpses in her wardrobe for up to 20 years.

Bernadette Quirk, 55, buried one baby in a cemetery illegally and wrapped the other three - two of which were twins - in newspaper and rags, then stuffed them in a small plastic bin with an air freshener.

The twice-married alcoholic even moved the bin bodies around with her between rented properties over a 10-year period.

Daughter Joanne Lee made the grisly find at Quirk's home in Rainhill, near St Helens, Merseyside, last July and alerted police who started a murder investigation.

Quirk said the babies, all full-term, were all stillborn at her home, insisting: "They did not make any noise and they did not move." Police could not prove otherwise and Quirk could only be charged with concealing the births.

Judge Henry Globe QC told Quirk, who pleaded guilty: "These are serious offences. All options of sentence remain open, including a custodial one."

Liverpool crown court heard that the births happened between 1985 and 1995, but Quirk could not remember the exact dates because of her "chaotic" lifestyle and booze problems.

She could identify the two fathers of the babies found in her house, but not the dad of the girl buried in the family's plot at the local cemetery. The case was adjourned until October 11.

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Date:Sep 14, 2010
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