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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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jmoore1248 April 16 2014 at 10:29 PM

who in their right mind got this psycho pregnant?

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mbabygirlluv April 16 2014 at 11:30 PM

That meth she was on probably played a part with her mental issues.. Sad on the infants part.. However meth or mentally unstable, fry her ass!!!!

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Luquita April 16 2014 at 11:37 PM

Have Your Say...Trying to be kind! Maybe the pic reflects how she felt on arrest.
That being said.......she looks methed out.

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Terri Luquita April 16 2014 at 11:47 PM

Whatever.... She chose METH!!!!! Her babies, I'm sure, did not choose to be killed in whatever matter she chose....

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Dad's Luquita April 16 2014 at 11:54 PM

I agree.... there is a lot more to this story. And I would be willing to bet that there are some serious tweeker **** involved... I've seen stuff first hand... just sayin

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afrahyafai April 16 2014 at 11:38 PM

This is just cruel, I feel bad for these 7 infants. They didn't deserve any of this nonsense. Yes, she was clever, but cruel, by concealing her pregnancy, how did her husband not know???? I swear to God, this women is going to hell.

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pl13682 April 16 2014 at 9:51 PM

is she really the one that had all them babies or perhaps is this a cover up on their three daughters that live with them did they get raped by the father and get pregnant and they delivered the babies themselves and kill them?? could that be a possibility? or maybe they was prostituting out the girls and killing any baby born themselves to keep from getting in trouble for prostituting there daughters....something smells pretty fishy here...... and you don't got to be standing near a pond to smell it.

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aliosh April 16 2014 at 11:05 PM

Just when you think you've heard it all....

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cbart164 April 17 2014 at 12:03 AM

Murder is murder is murder, no matter when it happens.

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Shanon April 17 2014 at 12:13 AM

My God.

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hubigspies April 17 2014 at 1:12 AM

She was a teenage kid, pregnant and kept it secret until delivery. Twice. Not so odd. At 19 or 20 years of age, she began to kill them and store them in the garage at a rate of 7 births in 10 years. Very odd. By age 30, she had given birth 8 times. She admitted to killing 6 and claims one was a stillborn. What happened? Meth.

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frank.foreman hubigspies April 17 2014 at 2:51 AM

And would you believe that somebody actually posted a comment on another thread that the babies were hers - therefore she could do what she wants with them anyways? One person commented that she had a right to kill the babies 1 day before birth - like abortion. Sick , sick and more sick - that's the way you do it.

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homeinsulation April 17 2014 at 1:22 AM

I don't know what's sicker...killing the infants or then storing them in boxes. You'd think she'd want to hide the evidence or put it out of her mind...but to deliberately keep them, what was the point of that? There are some serious sick people on this planet and please note, they aren't all just men.

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cafebeege homeinsulation April 17 2014 at 1:56 AM

That's right. There are countless mentally ill walking down the street next to you and past you all the time. We need a better way of recognizing them. As a friend whose son is in law enforcement said, "Our prisons are FULL of them".

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frank.foreman cafebeege April 17 2014 at 3:00 AM

That said about law enforcement - our judges must have access to people's bank accounts before approving bail. Yes there are mentally ill people in all walks of life , they do walk down the street , drive their cars and they can even occupy a spot on a bench , while they don't even know where their ******* really is. It's stuck in "park".

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frank.foreman homeinsulation April 17 2014 at 2:48 AM

Can you just imagine inviting friends over for barbecue? How sick is a judge who would grant her bail? He must have some really dirty pictures of her at home on his computer. Provided with the hubby's permission of course - all legal like. Who knows you might find Jimmy Hoffa in either of their attics - if one is so inclined to check.

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