Megan Huntsman, a 39-year-old Utah woman, has been arrested on six counts of murder after police made a horrific find; the bodies of seven babies stuffed into cardboard boxes in a garage at her old home, The Huffington Post reported yesterday.
Huntsman was arrested Saturday in the town of Pleasant Grove after the gruesome discovery at the house where she lived until 2011, according to police sources quoted by ABC News. Police were alerted after one of the current occupants of the house was cleaning in the garage and saw a box that seemed suspicious.
"A family member was cleaning out the garage and came across a box that looked suspicious. Upon opening the box they found the infant inside," Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove Police Department told ABC News.
According to an updated report from the HuffPost, Huntsman's estranged husband, who had just been released from prison, made the discovery. Authorities say they have no reason to suspect that he was aware of the killings and as of now, he isn't considered a person of interest.
The estranged husband was identified as Darren West, and court records indicate that he was in prison on drug-related charges. Police believe that the two were together during the time of the births. It is believed that the ex-husband could be the father, but researchers are still working on DNA evidence, Roberts said.
"We don't believe he had any knowledge of the situation," Roberts told media sources. The NY Daily News reports that neighbors told police that Huntsman’s three older daughters, aged 13 to 20, were still living in the house, which is owned by West’s parents.
Roberts explained that, according to preliminary investigations, the woman gave birth to six babies between 1996 and 2006 and murdered them. Huntsman has been arrested and remains in jail charged with six counts of murder, but police have not indicated why she was not charged with a seventh murder.
"It's still an ongoing case so we're still working on some information we've received," said the police captain. News of this disturbing case shocked neighbors, espcially Kathie Hawker, who said that Huntsman once babysat her grandchildren.“This has just blown us away.It makes us so sad, we want to cry,” Hawker expressed.