A woman from Pleasant Grove, Utah, was arrested and charged with six counts of murder on April 13 after her estranged husband was cleaning out her garage on Saturday, and discovered the remains of one newborn baby. After police arrived on the scene, the remains of six additional newborns were found wrapped up in towels or shirts, placed in plastic bags, and finally, packed inside boxes. The mother, Megan Huntsman, 39, confessed to police that she either suffocated or strangled six of the babies immediately after they were born. Authorities say that the remains of a seventh baby appear to have been born stillborn.
According to The Huffington Post, the father who made the initial grisly discovery, Darren West, can’t figure out how his ex-wife managed to conceal seven pregnancies which spanned 10 years. After finding the first tiny body, West called Huntsman who admitted that the baby was hers. West then contacted the police.
Court documents state that Huntsman admitted to giving birth “to at least seven babies between 1996 and 2006.” Those births took place at a former residence located in Pleasant Grove, Utah, about 35 miles outside of Salt Lake City. Huntsman went on to state that six of the seven babies were born alive.
Huntsman’s three living children, all daughters, were living with their mom in that house in Pleasant Grove. Two of the daughters are young adults, while one is a teenager. The Daily News reported that the daughters range in age from 13 to 20.
West isn’t a stranger to the legal system, and spent some time in prison after pleading guilty in 2005 to “two counts of possessing chemicals intended to be used in manufacturing methamphetamine.” While West was being tried in federal court, Huntsman wrote to the judge overseeing West’s case and begged for leniency, saying that West was a great dad to his three daughters and that he was needed to help keep the family together.
Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman said that he believes West was not aware of, or party to the killings of the babies, and went on to say that as the investigation continues – there could be more arrests if warranted. For now, Buhman considers Huntsman to be the primary suspect in the babies’ deaths. Authorities are running DNA tests between Huntsman, West, and the remains of the seven newborns to confirm paternity.
After her arrest and booking at Utah County Jail on Sunday, Huntsman was ordered to be held on $6 million bail, “$1 million for each baby.” For more on the discovery of the seven newborn bodies found in Megan Huntsman's garage, see the video accompanying this article.