A woman is facing jail after admitting she hid the bodies of four dead babies for up to 25 years.
Bernadette Quirk, 55, put three of the newborn babies in a plastic bin in her wardrobe, along with an air freshener.
She carried them to a dozen different addresses as she moved house.
But they were finally discovered at her home near St Helens, Merseyside, by her daughter Joanne in July last year.
She found the bodies of twin girls and another girl wrapped in newspaper, sheets and plastic bags in a red plastic bin.
The body of a fourth girl was found by police at the family burial plot in the local cemetery.
Quirk pleaded guilty
at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday to four charges of concealing a birth of a child. She was warned by Judge Henry Globe QC that she could be jailed.
The case was adjourned until October 11 for pre-sentence reports and Quirk was given bail.
The court heard she had given birth to the children between 1985 and 1995 but could not remember specific dates.
Tests showed all four were full-term but Quirk said they were stillborn.
“They did not make any noise and they did not move,” she told police.
Ian Morris, defending, said: “She describes that period of her life as being chaotic and out of control. She has buried those memories in the back of her mind.”
He said Quirk could not remember the birth of the fourth child. A forensic anthropologist said all had skeletal abnormalities, failure of the placenta and foetal growth restriction
Police said Quirk told them she had started drinking after her marriage broke up in the mid-1980s and then had a number of sexual partners. She could identify the fathers of babies in the house but not the father of the girl in the cemetery, which she denied knowing about when arrested.
Detective Constable Neil Bickley, of Merseyside Police, said there was no evidence to charge anyone else over the disposal of the remains.