Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies.

Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born. She wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them into plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City.

What's not clear is why. A day after her arrest on charges of killing her six babies, investigators and her neighbors puzzled over the grisly case, including how she could have concealed a half-dozen pregnancies over a 10-year period.

Huntsman was arrested Sunday on six counts of murder and ordered held on $6 million bail — $1 million for each baby. Police found the remains of a seventh baby, but it appeared to have been stillborn.

According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Huntsman said she gave birth to at least seven babies between 1996 and 2006 at her former home in Pleasant Grove, a leafy, sleepy town about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

All but one of the babies was born alive, she said. During the interview with police, she was unemotional and matter of fact, according to Pleasant Grove police Lt. Britt Smith.

Her estranged husband, Darren West, discovered one of the babies Saturday with fellow family members while cleaning out the garage of the house, which is owned by his parents. West called police, who then found the bodies in the garage.

Investigators think Huntsman is the mother of them all but have ordered DNA tests to make sure. They don't know who fathered the babies.

Huntsman's three daughters — one teenager and two young adults — also lived in the house. Smith said the three daughters have been interviewed, but he wouldn't discuss what they said.

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Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies 04/14/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 11:35pm]

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