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Warrant: Dead baby in Utah covered in chemicals



SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The body of at least one baby found in the garage of a Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborns over a decade was covered in a chemical that smelled like iodine, according to documents made public Friday.

In addition, suspect Megan Huntsman told police in a phone conversation on the day the first body was found by her husband that the baby was stillborn and she had been afraid to go to police or a hospital, the search warrant affidavit says,

She didn't say why she was scared.

Authorities also reported finding bloody leather gloves and women's underwear in the garage, and infant booties and clothes in the master bedroom. Police took stained sections of a mattress in the master bedroom as evidence.

Police have said Darren West, the estranged husband of Huntsman, 39, found the first body after opening a small white box covered with electrician's tape on April 12.

The documents released Friday state that West also told police he discovered the baby in a plastic bag with a strong chemical odor emanating from it.

West said there was no decomposition smell, just a chemical odor.

Police in Pleasant Grove discovered the six other dead babies after obtaining a search warrant for the house. They were in boxes throughout the garage, wrapped in shirts or towels, documents show.

Huntsman later acknowledged that from 1996 to 2006, she strangled or suffocated six of the babies, put them in plastic bags and packed them inside boxes in the garage south of Salt Lake City, separate court document states.

Huntsman said one infant found in the garage was stillborn.

Huntsman has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder. She has not entered a plea.

Investigators say they know Huntsman's motive but declined to discuss it publicly.

During a brief court appearance Monday in Provo, the shackled Huntsman mostly kept her eyes focused downward as she was informed of the charges.

Defense attorney Doug Thompson told reporters afterward that he has spoken with Huntsman and she seemed fine, though he declined to provide details on her state of mind.

Investigators believe West is the father of the babies. He lived with Huntsman during the decade the babies were killed and was in federal prison on drug charges from 2006 until January. Prosecutors said he is cooperating with the investigation and is not a suspect.

Authorities are awaiting DNA testing to confirm Huntsman and West are the parents of the babies, and to determine the sex of the children. Their causes of death also remain uncertain.

The FBI has been brought in to help because no labs in Utah can analyze the type of DNA taken from the small corpses, police said.

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barryaclarke May 03 2014 at 12:15 AM

Hmmm, what man in his right mind would hop in bed with that women?............

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LMT May 03 2014 at 6:55 AM

From 1996-2006 she was pregnant and gave birth, Mr. Huntsman lived with Mrs. and didn't know she was pregnant? Did't know she gave birth? How obtuse could this man be?

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MsPatt LMT May 03 2014 at 7:44 AM

He was in prison - as told in earlier articles.

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Debra May 03 2014 at 7:00 AM

It is hard for me to believe that someone could hide multiple full term pregnancies and births. Did she always go into labor when her husband was gone and the kids were too? I don't think the husband knew, since he went to the police when he found the first baby, but it is hard to believe that no one knew.

I hope she does not get off based on an insanity plea, this is not someone that I want back out in any community. I also hope that mental health counseling is offered to her surviving children this has to be beyond horrible for them.

RIP babies.

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msfit0704 Debra May 03 2014 at 8:37 AM

give them up for adoption..............

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muneca1800 May 03 2014 at 7:21 AM

I just don't get it. With so much information about birth control that there is in the world, why do this? Why kill an infant for your needs? If you don't want children; don't get pregnant. If you want to screw around, take measures. Unless this woman was some sick idiot mentally, this is just inexcusable. And, I find it hard to believe that no one realized that she was having babies and where were they for all these years.

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blues7437 muneca1800 May 03 2014 at 8:39 AM

Don't know state law where she lives but I think that, being in a canservative state, abortions are not available. I agree with Obern. The GOP conservatives want to protect ALL babies while in the womb but once born they have a " You're on your own " attitude. Crazy

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amy barton May 03 2014 at 7:23 AM

Death penalty. Shame on her. Enough said.

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Tim & Judy amy barton May 03 2014 at 8:59 AM

Not enough death for you, so let's kill some more, huh... In case you and others like you haven't noticed (or you're simply oblivious to the FACT), the death penalty doesn't work, doesn't deter those who kill. By you choosing to kill those who kill, makes you no different from any other killer. A killer is a killer, and your condoning it makes you as guilty, NOT innocent!
What you said is a contradiction and makes no sense!

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Lovemykids May 03 2014 at 7:37 AM

what's not making any sense to me is the husband not knowing the pregnancies of his wife.I find it really strange he didn't know or suspected it.

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jcole1631 Lovemykids May 03 2014 at 7:54 AM

Did you read the part about the husband being in Jail over the last 8 years?

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jjfu May 03 2014 at 7:47 AM

It is unimaginable the horror that some human minds can concoct.

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phoenixpiano May 03 2014 at 7:52 AM

There is no difference between this and what abortion providers do every day around the world.

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miriamisrael1 phoenixpiano May 03 2014 at 7:58 AM

Fail.

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brunie65 phoenixpiano May 03 2014 at 9:25 AM

Bull. These were not fetuses that could not live outside their mothers' bodies by themselves. These were fully formed babies who were mature enough to begin life with all the help that newborns require to survive. To compare abortion to the killing of a newborn child is asinine. You might as well compare abortion to the killing of a three year old.

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Curtis May 03 2014 at 7:54 AM

SO what's the difference between murdering them after they are born or before.
It's still Murder of a Human!

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draymonds May 03 2014 at 8:36 AM

this happened before the husband went to prison. How could he not have known she was pregnant?

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kphh75 draymonds May 03 2014 at 9:17 AM

or somehow involved and maybe he killed them. We aren't dealing with pillars of society here.

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