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Mother charged with murder after death of newborn twins in St. Louis County

Mother charged with murder after death of newborn twins in St. Louis County

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — The mother of two infants who were found dead at a home was charged with murder Sunday, after prosecutors said the babies were not stillborn as she had claimed.

Maya Caston

Maya Caston, 25, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of abuse or neglect of a child. 

The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has charged Maya Caston, 25, with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of abuse or neglect of a child. She is accused of giving birth to twins, a boy and a girl, then covering their mouths and noses with a towel and blanket, police said. The infants were born and died between Jan. 6 and 8, officers said.

Police said that Caston called them Wednesday to a home in the 2100 block of Rountree Drive near Christian Hospital, to report the emergency birth of the children, but that they were stillborn. Officials said Saturday that the children had been carried to full term and neither was stillborn.

Caston was being held Sunday on a $500,000 cash only bond.

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