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Utah Police: Megan Huntsman gave birth at home

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

After her estranged husband discovered one of the infant corpses in the garage this past weekend, Huntsman acknowledged to police that she killed six of the babies, put them in plastic bags and then packed them inside boxes in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City over a decade from 1996 to 2006. She told police one of the babies was stillborn.

Huntsman was arrested Sunday on six counts of murder. She is being held on $6 million bail - $1 million for each baby - and is due in court Monday for an arraignment.

Investigators have an initial theory on Huntsman's motive but aren't discussing it publicly, Roberts said.

He did say that Huntsman also hid her pregnancies with her two oldest daughters, now in their early 20s, from extended family until she was at the hospital. Neighbors have said they never knew she was pregnant, though they now remember weight fluctuations and toggling between baggy and tight clothes.

"So, she apparently knows how to do it," Roberts said.

Mother Admits to Murdering Six Infants Found in Utah Home

Her husband, Darren West, told police in his initial interview that he knew nothing about the pregnancies, Roberts said. He has since obtained an attorney and investigators haven't spoken with him again, Roberts said. They are trying to determine his knowledge or involvement.

If Huntsman's timeline is accurate, that would mean West was living with Huntsman during the time of the births. He went to federal prison in 2006 after pleading guilty to possessing chemicals intended to be used in manufacturing methamphetamine. West was released from a federal prison in California in January and transferred to a halfway house in Salt Lake City.

Through a family spokesman, West has declined comment. The West family has said in a statement released Sunday that they are in a "state of shock and confusion" and that they're mourning "this tragic loss of life."

Utah investigators are examining DNA from the babies to determine who the parents are, studying the bones to find out how long ago the babies died and have questioned family members and neighbors in pursuit of clues about how she did it. They are trying to determine why she did it and who else, if anybody, knew about it or was involved.

They have not ruled out making more arrests.

On Tuesday, they served a new search warrant at the house of a family member, Roberts said, but that turned up nothing useful.

He said investigators are poring over evidence to find out if Huntsman gave birth and killed any other babies, but they don't believe that to be the case, he said.


Associated Press news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.

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connimit April 16 2014 at 11:12 PM

Sorry, but no one will EVER be convinced that she was pregnant 7 times, gave birth 7 times, (supposedly one was stillborn) killed 6 babies, and no one else knew about it!!! That said, she is one cold blooded murderer, as well is anyone else involved!!!

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pj512 April 16 2014 at 10:32 PM

This is, without a doubt, the most bizarre story I have heard in a long time. The only saving grace is that the poor little babies were too young to know and understand what their mother was doing to them.

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jmoore1248 April 16 2014 at 10:29 PM

who in their right mind got this psycho pregnant?

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jorgannec April 16 2014 at 10:24 PM

The DNA tests will be a key issue. Was Huntsman actually the mother ??? Was West actually the father ????

If she was the mother she killed the children of her own live birth. So ??? was she hiding this from her husband, West, or was he part of it ?? If she was the mother was West the father and she hiding the pregnacy OR was she hiding the pregnacy of an affair ????

If she is not the mother then ??? was she helping to kill the children in a live birth from other women and WHY ??? And WHO ???? Did she help others have a live birth with some promise that she would find homes for the children? only to take the money and run ????

This is going to be a very, very, very involved case and I hope that it will be investigated totally.

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animalloveinc jorgannec April 16 2014 at 11:08 PM

You're so right, jorgannec-the DNA results will be vital in attempting to make some semblance of sense in this case.
It's so incredibly bizarre-the twists, the turns, the dark secrets. What puzzles me most is the rational behind the killing of these newborns at birth.
From a financial standpoint-Huntsman could have made a small fortune "selling" these infants to desperate, infertile couples. My sister and brother-in-law spent nearly $200,000 for infertility treatments prior to successfully having my niece. A close friend and her husband are closing in at $250,000-yet are still childless.
So why???
What was the motivation? Shame, Cult Sacrifice? I'm at a complete loss.

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tyikitten39 April 16 2014 at 11:15 PM

This so called Mother has to face her maker. God have mercy on her soul, She had no right to take the Lives of these babies. They never had a chance. She isnt mental. She is smart like a fox an for that she should pay dearly.

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cafebeege tyikitten39 April 16 2014 at 11:30 PM

Yes, she is mental. Extremely ........

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pooh71270 April 16 2014 at 4:52 PM

there is a special place in hell for that woman. and if they don't keep her in solitude in jail she will find it sooner than she wants too. prisoners don't take to people who hurt children and elderly people.

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Eliza pooh71270 April 16 2014 at 4:57 PM

god this is so true. she won't last a day in prison.

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baharmon78 April 17 2014 at 6:42 AM

You cannot tell me that man did not know she was pregnant for 7 years. Is this the only pic they chose to show of her.

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judson1t baharmon78 April 17 2014 at 7:16 AM

what?her mugshot pic

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rozym786 April 16 2014 at 11:18 PM

it really does not make any sense, how could one kill all 7 kids, first of all getting pregnent takes approximately 9 months, by the time she lays them in a carton, separatly, in seven years the body gets decayed,and would smell like a hell, how can one live in that home, afterall the neighbours would really complain as to what's going on, what meat is rotting, is there anyone who could find out the clue, is this right giving birth is not a joke, has this been going on for approximately 7 yeas???can any one solve this question ???????????????

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ViewsRMine April 17 2014 at 6:03 AM

AOL: Please remove the photo of that woman. It is scary. Her look is totally evil.

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MANNY ALBITE April 17 2014 at 8:21 AM

What I don't understand is how in heavens name this woman hide being pregnant, if she got pregnant 7 times is telling me she was having sex with her husband, unless she cheated, but still he could have known she was pregnant, and if he did he never ask her wife, honey what happen to the baby ?

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deejunebug MANNY ALBITE April 17 2014 at 8:59 AM

I'll wait until the DNA tests are determined...these may not be her own children. I can't understand either how her husband wouldn't know she was pregnant....on 7 different occasions....SEVEN! Perhaps she confessed to killing these babies while claiming they were hers, hoping the law would be more forgiving than if she killed babies that were not her own. Something is VERY wrong with this picture....whatever the answer is.

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