Law enforcement authorities in Utah have accused a woman of hiding the fact that she was pregnant seven times and killed six of the seven babies. The remaining baby was born stillborn according to the woman. The woman is accused of giving birth in her home and then suffocating or strangling the infants.
Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts stated that investigators determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to the hospital when she went into labor. Roberts did not reveal whether or not anyone assisted her with the births. Huntsman has admitted to police officers that she killed six of her seven babies.
Roberts also stated that Huntsman has two daughters who are now in their early 20s and that she didn’t tell any family members that she was pregnant until she was in the hospital giving birth. Investigators are questioning how her family, including Huntsman’s husband didn’t know that she was giving birth every year for almost a decade.
After giving birth, Huntsman allegedly killed then and hid their little bodies in her Pleasant Grove home.
On Sunday, April 13, Huntsman was arrested on six counts of murder and is being held on a $6 million bond. Huntsman’s crimes were discovered when her husband discovered the body of a dead infant in their garage. Police went on to find six more dead babies hidden in cardboard boxes.
Roberts announced that the police do not consider Huntsman’s now estranged husband, Darren Brad West, 41 as a suspect or person of interest. His is however, believed to be the father of the seven babies. Roberts described the babies as full term.
West went to prison in 2006 on drug convictions. Since his release he has been living in a Salt Lake County halfway house.
State Medical Examiner Todd Grey stated that his investigation into the deaths of the infants will be a long and challenging one. Any finished report will take several weeks. While he did not specifically speak of the Huntsman case, Grey did say, “in any case where we are dealing with badly decomposed remains, obviously there are a number of things we’re trying to do.”
“Obviously, the less information you have about who the person could be, the more difficult the process of determining who that body belongs to.”
Huntsman is being held at the Utah County jail on a $6 million cash-only bail.
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