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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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glesw01 April 16 2014 at 5:46 PM

The last time this happened, a woman killed her babies because they were daughters and her spouse only wanted sons. How tragic!

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Ron glesw01 April 16 2014 at 5:51 PM

Can you point us in the direction of where you found those lies, .... er, article?

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jaysab2009 Ron April 16 2014 at 7:54 PM

this really did happen....it wasn't too long ago. Try googling it.

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acowgurl glesw01 April 17 2014 at 12:30 AM

Did it happen to be in China? Girls are undesirable there, and since they have the one child per couple policy....

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Bernie April 16 2014 at 11:13 PM

I am convinced that more members of society today are insane than sane. This is scary. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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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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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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charlesp40 April 16 2014 at 11:19 PM

lions in a zoo would be glad to get some meat ! ! ! feed her to the lions. Get rid of that !please or we gonna have to pay for her tv and food in prison !

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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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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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cbart164 April 17 2014 at 12:03 AM

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

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