Michele Kalina was arrested and charged with abuse of corpses after her daughter reported finding the remains of four infants in a closet. Testing showed that all four infants, plus a fifth her teenaged daughter unknowingly threw away, were her own children. At least four of these infants were the result of Michele Kalina’s extramarital affair. The fifth is still not connected with Kalina due to its location in a landfill and severe decomposition. Pathologists say none of the deaths were accidents.
Kalina successfully hid her pregnancies
One wonders how Michele Kalina managed to hide five pregnancies from her family. After all, all five of the children were term or close to term. According to Edecio Martinez writing for CBS News, Kalina told her husband that she has recurring cysts on her fallopian tubes. Her coworkers cite the figure-hiding scrubs she wore as another factor in hiding her pregnancies. Kalina also claims to suffer blackouts due to her alcoholism, though just how this is related, it’s hard to say.
All five infants in Kalina case died violently
Pathologists claim the infants likely died violently, and not of natural causes. Due to the badly decomposed state of the infants, there are no internal organs for examinations, making a definite determination of the causes of death difficult.
Michele Kalina was originally charged with abusing a corpse and held on 5 million dollars bail. The bail was revoked after arraignment. (Edicio Martinez)
What’s the problem?
There’s no doubt that if guilty, Michele Kalina has a problem, and it’s much bigger than cysts or alcohol addiction. Psychology Today addresses the issue of moms who kill, linking the dysfunction to postpartum depression. Given the fact that Michele Kalina is said to have hidden her pregnancies and killed the infants soon after birth, that disorder doesn’t quite hold up as a reason.
Andrea Yates and Susan Smith killed, and those killings were linked to extramarital affairs, depression and obsession. With Michele Kalina, we have at least one of those issues in place, perhaps two given the fact of the death of her disabled son.
Michele Kalina story still unfolding
It should be interesting to see how the Michele Kalina infanticide story unfolds. If guilty, is the woman insane? By my definition, insanity seems likely. Any mother who can knowingly kill her own children must, by definition, be broken. Since she told her daughter not to look in the closet where the infants lay hidden, it isn’t likely she was unaware that something was very wrong.
Details continue to unfold as the case proceeds. Michele Kalina’s lawyer suggests the public keep an open mind.