READING, Pa. — A woman who secretly conceived several children through an extramarital affair killed at least four of her newborns, then kept their remains in coolers or encased in concrete in her closet until family members found them this year, authorities said Monday.
Michele Kalina, 44, of Reading, hid at least six pregnancies from her husband and longtime boyfriend, according to officials in Berks County, where a homicide charge was filed against the home-health aide.
DNA tests show the bones found in a locked closet came from five babies, at least four of whom were born alive, authorities said.
The boyfriend, who was not identified, fathered three and possibly four of the victims. Tests on the fifth baby were inconclusive.
Kalina's current and former homes were scoured by dogs trained to search for human remains. "I'm very confident we have all the babies," District Attorney John T. Adams said at a news conference.
Kalina has been in custody since August on abuse-of-corpse charges and is being held without bail after she was arraigned Monday on one count of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and related charges. Additional counts may be filed.
Kalina also bore a daughter from the same affair in 2003 but gave the baby up for adoption, authorities said. She and her husband, Jeffrey, have a 19-year-old daughter and had a 13-year-old son with cerebral palsy who died in 2000. That death is not suspicious, Adams said.
The husband and daughter found the remains in a closet in coolers, one of which was filled with cured cement, police said. At least four of the babies were born at or near term, then killed in a manner consistent with asphyxia, poisoning or neglect, authorities said.