Seven dead babies found in garage of Utah home, woman arrested for murder

The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members as to how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade without anyone noticing.

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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers from the mother and other family members as to how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade without anyone noticing. bill.

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Megan Huntsman, 39, is accused of killing her babies after giving birth between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. She was arrested Sunday on six counts of murder. It was not immediately clear if Huntsman has an attorney or why there were six charges and not seven.

The gruesome case has raised a number of questions about how the murders occurred despite Huntsman leading what neighbors said seemed like a normal existence. Police declined to comment on why and what Huntsman said during an interview with investigators.

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Her estranged husband made the discovery while cleaning out the garage after his recent release from prison. Authorities do not believe he was aware of the murders and is not a person of interest at this time.

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Police Capt. Michael Roberts said officers responded to a call from him Saturday about a dead baby and later found the other six bodies.

AP Photo/Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred
AP Photo/Deseret News, Jeffrey D. Allred

Family and neighbors identified the estranged husband as Darren West, who has been in prison on drug-related charges.
Roberts said police believe West and Huntsman were together when the babies were born.

“We don’t think he was aware of the situation,” Roberts told The Associated Press.

When asked how West could not have known about the situation, Roberts replied: “That’s the million dollar question. Amazing.”
The bodies of the babies were sent to the Utah Medical Examiner’s office for tests, including one to determine the cause of death. DNA samples taken from the suspect and her husband will definitively determine whether the two are the parents, as investigators believe.

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Huntsman also has three daughters, a teenager and two young adults, who lived in the house.

Neighbors in the middle-class neighborhood of mostly older homes 35 miles (60 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City say they were shocked by the allegations and puzzled that the woman’s older children still living in the home didn’t know that his mother was pregnant or pregnant. notice something suspicious.

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Police say West made the shocking discovery at his parents’ home in a city of about 35,000 at the foot of snow-capped mountains. It’s a new, nondescript house with a brick facade and a star ornament hanging by the door.
Several police cars blocked the driveway to the house Sunday night as officers milled about with belongings from the garage strewn across the front lawn.

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On Sunday night, West’s family released a statement saying they were in a “state of shock and confusion.”

West pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to two counts of possession of chemicals intended for use in the manufacture of methamphetamine, court records show. In August 2006, he was sentenced to 9 years in prison, but he appealed the sentence three times. He maintained his innocence and said that he never intended to manufacture methamphetamine. It is not clear when he was released.

AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Johnston
AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Johnston

Neighbors told the AP they were shocked and horrified by the allegations of what happened inside the house. None of them knew that Huntsman was pregnant in recent years.

The family members seemed like nice people and good neighbors, said Aaron and Kathie Hawker, who lives next door.
Huntsman moved away several years ago, leaving her three daughters alone, the Hawkers said. They weren’t sure where Huntsman has been living since.

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