When a Detroit mother accused of killing two of her children and stashing their bodies in the deep freezer started yelling in court Thursday, she was warned the trial could— and would— go on without her.

But it didn’t stop Mitchelle Blair’s outburst aimed at the fathers of her children.

“I did it! I never tried to say I didn’t. I did it!” she yelled. “But that does not negate the fact that they were never there for their children.”

Her words came during the first day of a trial in the custody case involving her two living children, ages 8 and 17.

It was the third time during the day that Blair referenced what happened to her children, Stoni Blair and Stephen Berry. Their bodies were discovered at the Martin Luther King Apartments in Detroit by a crew carrying out an eviction notice on March 24.

“Yes, I did kill her!” Blair said earlier in the day, as she was being escorted out of the courtroom during another outburst.

Blair, who wore red jail garb and sat with her wrists handcuffed, returned to the Detroit courtroom with tears in her eyes.

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Mitchelle Blair has an outburst in court during the start of the trial to terminate parental rights before Judge Edward J. Joseph.
Detroit Free Press