OCEAN CITY, MD (CBS/AP) --Investigators on Monday found the bodies of three small infants at the home of a mother who was charged last week with killing her baby, police said.
Police, who went to the home of Christy Freeman early Monday for what they described as a search of a "complex crime scene," found two bodies in the home and one body in a mobile home, said Pfc. Barry Neeb, an Ocean City Police Department spokesman.
"They were not full-term children," Neeb said.
Freeman, 37, lived in the second floor of the building with her boyfriend and her four other children. The building is less than a block off the Coastal Highway, the main north-south route in this resort town. Her four children are safe and staying with the boyfriend, police said.
Freeman came to the attention of authorities Thursday when she was hospitalized. Medical personnel called police when they determined she had been pregnant, but could not account for the child.
Police executed a search warrant at Freeman's home and found the body of a small infant wrapped in a blanket Thursday night. Neeb said that baby also had not reached full term.
Later Thursday, the remains of two more infants were found inside a garbage bag inside a trunk in Freeman's bedroom, reported the Baltimore Sun. On Friday, remains of the fourth infant were found inside a motor home parked in the driveway, the Sun reported.
Investigators conferred with Worcester County State's Attorney Joel Todd and Freeman was charged in that case with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and manslaughter. The charges were made using a 2005 law that specifically banned the killing of a fetus that can live outside the womb. Maryland's chief medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, has said that generally is at seven months.
Freeman has been charged only with the death of the baby found Thursday.
Neeb said only that baby was a recent death, adding "the rest could be a number of years old."
Neeb said the bodies found Monday were sent to the office of the chief medical examiner in Baltimore to determine the causes of death, their ages and how long ago they died. Investigators will also conduct DNA tests to determine whether the babies were Freeman's, Neeb said.
Police are now searching the grounds of the house to determine if there are more remains, the Sun reported. An operator was running a backhoe at the scene, which was less than a block off Coastal Highway, the paper reported.