Invisible Children

Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

stoni blair and stephen berry
Stoni Ann Blair (b. 2000) and Stephen Gage Berry (b. 2004) were murdered by their mother, Mitchelle Blair. The children, along with their older sister (b. 1998) and younger brother (b. 2007), were homeschooled.

Both of the surviving children reported severe physical abuse, including beatings with wooden planks and extension cords. Blair told police she beat and scalded Stephen for two weeks before his death in August 2012. She also told police she starved and tortured Stoni for a week before strangling her to death in May 2013. Blair placed Stephen and Stoni’s bodies in a freezer inside the home, where they were discovered in March 2015 by an eviction crew. Blair was charged with child abuse, torture, and murder.

Date: March 24, 2015
Detroit, Michigan


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Detroit police chief says case involving two kids found dead in freezer is very complex 03-24-2015
Detroit Mom Arrested After Dead Kids Found in Freezer 03-24-2015
Police: Bodies of children found in freezer 03-24-2015
Family of Detroit girl found dead in freezer: “We went to see if it was her, and it was” 03-25-2015
Cops: Mom says molestation led her to kill kids 03-25-2015
Reports: Detroit Mother Kept Children’s Bodies In Freezer For Years After Murders, Other Kids, Neighbors, May Have Known 03-25-2015
Detroit woman arrested after 2 kids found dead in freezer 03-25-2015
Detroit woman whose 2 kids were found in freezer charged 03-25-2015
Wayne County Prosecutor charges Detroit mother of dead children found in freezer with abuse 03-25-2015
Source says Detroit mom killed children after sexual assaults 03-25-2015
Family believes frozen children were abused ‘for years’ 03-25-2015
Detroit mother whose 2 kids were found dead in freezer faces arraignment on abuse charges 03-26-2015
Authorities: Years of abuse in house of horrors 03-26-2015
Charges amended to murder for Detroit mom whose kids were found in freezer 04-01-2015