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Woman admits hiding 4 stillborn babies

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- A British woman has admitted hiding the births of four stillborn babies and keeping the remains of three of them for 20 years, authorities say.

Bernadette Quirk, 55, admitted in Liverpool Crown Court that she had concealed the still births, Sky News reported Monday. She is to be sentenced Oct. 11.

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In July 2009, Quirk's daughter, Joanne Lee, called police after discovering the remains wrapped in newspaper and rags in a small plastic bin with an air freshener.

Quirk had illegally buried the fourth baby in St Helen's Cemetery in the late 1990s, Lee said, but had no idea about the other births until she made the discovery at Quirk's Harlow Close home in Liverpool.

A forensic anthropologist told investigators the infants were born with skeletal abnormalities and fetal growth restriction, Sky News said.

Quirk of St. Helens, Merseyside, said she gave birth to the babies between 1985 and 1995 but forgot the exact dates because she'd become an alcoholic after her marriage ended.

Police said after Quirk's marriage broke up in the late 1980s, Quirk led "a chaotic lifestyle" and "had a number of sexual encounters."

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The investigation proved difficult for police because of Quirk's inability to remember details.

"It was a very difficult investigation and not something I have experience of and made harder by the passage of time and the condition of the babies," Detective Chief Inspector Neil Bickley of the Merseyside police said.

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