Woman charged after four dead babies found in St Helens

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Three of the babies' remains were found at the house

A grandmother has been charged after police found the remains of four babies at a house and a nearby cemetery in St Helens, Merseyside.

Bernadette Quirk, 55, formerly of Harlow Close, has been charged with "concealment of birth" following the discovery last August.

Three of the babies were in a house in Harlow Close and the fourth was in a makeshift grave in St Helens Cemetery.

She will appear at St Helens Magistrates on Thursday.

Police have previously said that the remains are believed to relate to births from as far back as the mid-1980s.

Intensive forensic tests have been carried out on the remains, but police are yet to reveal the age or gender of the babies.

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