Seven dead babies found in woman's Utah home

By Jenna Iacurci, Parent Herald April 15, 03:28 pm

Police arrested a woman Sunday after seven dead babies were discovered in her Utah home.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was accused of killing her own children, born between 1996 and 2006, over a span of 10 years, investigators say. The infants were stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of Huntsman's former home.

Officers responded to a call Saturday from Huntsman's estranged husband about a dead infant at the home in Pleasant Grove, 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, police Captain Michael Roberts said.

"A search warrant was obtained for the residence and during the execution of the warrant, officers discovered six additional infant bodies. Each infant was found packaged in separate containers," the police statement read, according to CNN.

Huntsman's ex-husband, identified by family and neighbors as Darren West, was cleaning out the garage when he made the horrifying discovery.

"We don't believe he had any knowledge of the situation," Roberts told The Associated Press. When asked how he could not have known, Roberts replied, "That's the million-dollar question. Amazing."

The babies' bodies were sent to the Utah medical examiner's office to be examined and to determine the causes of death. Huntsman told investigators that she strangled or suffocated them just after their birth, with the exception of one miscarriage.

According to Fox News, West's family released a statement, saying: "We are mourning this tragic loss of life and we are trying to stay strong and help each other through this awful event."

Investigators believe that Huntsman and her estranged husband are in fact the parents, but they are obtaining DNA samples to confirm it. Huntsman also has three daughters who lived at home with her.

On Monday, State Judge Steven Hansen set bail at $6 million - $1 million for each child.

According to Roberts, a second search warrant was issued for Huntsman's current home, but nothing pertaining to the case was found there. She is expected to appear in court either Monday or Tuesday.

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