7 Babies Found Dead in Utah Home; Woman Arrested


Locutus
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A woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants packed into separate cardboard boxes at a home in Utah, police said.

Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011.

Officers responding to a phone call from a family member who is currently living at the Pleasant Grove residence arrived at the home to find the first baby which "appeared to be a full term," according to a police statement.

"A family member was cleaning out the garage and came across a box that looked suspicious. Upon opening the box they found the infant inside," Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove Police Department told ABC News.


Authorities obtained a search warrant to inspect the home, where they found six more infant bodies inside, packaged in separate containers, the police statement said.

Roberts said that through their investigations, they had reason to believe that Huntsman had given birth to the six other babies in the period between 1996 and 2006 and murdered them.

Authorities arrested Huntsman and booked her at the Utah County Jail on six murder counts, but did not comment on why she was not charged with seven counts.

The adult residents of the home claimed to have no knowledge of the dead babies, police said. Roberts could not confirm whether Huntsman had any other children or if she was married.

"It's still an ongoing case so we're still working on some information we've received," Roberts said.


7 Babies Found Dead; Utah Woman Arrested on 6 Murder Counts - ABC News
 
Twila
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What a horrible person. Sterilize her. Quick
 
Nuggler
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Just when you think it might be safe to go outside and breathe the air - this !
 
QuebecCanadian
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Quote: Originally Posted by LocutusView Post



A woman has been arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants packed into separate cardboard boxes at a home in Utah, police said.

Police arrested Megan Huntsman, 39, of Pleasant Grove, on Saturday following a gruesome discovery at a residence formerly occupied by the woman who they say moved out in 2011.

Officers responding to a phone call from a family member who is currently living at the Pleasant Grove residence arrived at the home to find the first baby which "appeared to be a full term," according to a police statement.

"A family member was cleaning out the garage and came across a box that looked suspicious. Upon opening the box they found the infant inside," Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove Police Department told ABC News.


Authorities obtained a search warrant to inspect the home, where they found six more infant bodies inside, packaged in separate containers, the police statement said.

Roberts said that through their investigations, they had reason to believe that Huntsman had given birth to the six other babies in the period between 1996 and 2006 and murdered them.

Authorities arrested Huntsman and booked her at the Utah County Jail on six murder counts, but did not comment on why she was not charged with seven counts.

The adult residents of the home claimed to have no knowledge of the dead babies, police said. Roberts could not confirm whether Huntsman had any other children or if she was married.

"It's still an ongoing case so we're still working on some information we've received," Roberts said.


7 Babies Found Dead; Utah Woman Arrested on 6 Murder Counts - ABC News

I had read that it was her husband who found the first one. I guess that was bad info. Presumably she lived in that house from at least 1996 to 2011 and NOBODY was alarmed that after 7 pregnancies, there were no children?

Apparently it was her estranged husband and she also lived with 3 grown daughters. No-one, including neighbours ever knew she was pregnant? There has got to be much more to this story. You wonder...for every one of these nutcases caught, how many are getting away with these kinds of things?
 
Sal
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home births...who would know if one said still born...or some women who are larger may not actually look pregnant, just fat
 
B00Mer
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Sad, just very sad the most innocent, and most vulnerable are the victims here.. at a loss for words.
 
spaminator
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$6M bail set for Utah mom accused of killing 6 newborns
Reuters
First posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 02:06 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014 02:28 PM EDT
A judge set bail at $6 million on Monday for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live.
Police said Megan Huntsman, 39, admitted under questioning that she strangled or suffocated the babies immediately after their births.
Bail was set at a court hearing a day after Huntsman was arrested and booked into the Utah County jail on six counts of murdering the babies born over roughly a 10-year period. The remains of a seventh infant were also found, but authorities believe that baby was stillborn.
At a hearing in Provo, Utah, District Judge Steven Hansen on Monday set bail at $1 million for each count of murder, said court spokeswoman Nancy Volmer. Huntsman was in jail for the bail hearing, as is routine, and appeared via videoconference, Volmer said.
Huntsman has not been formally charged, and Volmer said she did not know if the woman has retained an attorney. An arraignment date will be set for Huntsman after she is formally charged, Volmer said.
Police say Huntsman is the only person of interest in the case and was cooperative.
She was arrested after her estranged husband, Darren Brad West, discovered the remains of one infant while cleaning the garage. West is not believed to have played a role in the killings, and investigators plan to conduct DNA tests to determine the paternity of the infants, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Police found the remains of the six other newborns, all wrapped in a towel or shirt and placed in plastic bags in separate cardboard boxes at the home where Huntsman lived until 2011 in Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles (56 km) south of Salt Lake City, said Pleasant Grove Police Captain Michael Roberts.
Police believe the seven babies were born to Huntsman from about 1996 to 2006. In 1996, West was sentenced on state and federal drug convictions, and he is now residing in a Salt Lake County half-way house, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Aaron Hawker, 73, a neighbour of the house where the bodies were discovered, said in a phone interview Huntsman babysat his grandchildren about 10 years ago and was "shy, very nice always." He said he never noticed her looking pregnant.
Hawker said he "had a lot of respect" for West, who described as "a really good guy.
"We've been in a state of shock since yesterday," Hawker said. "Finding out about all these children. Short of the shock value, we've never seen anything weird or strange or out of sorts with that family.
He said he spoke with West, who "was in tears and saying he does not know how this could happen."
$6M bail set for Utah mom accused of killing 6 newborns | World | News | Toronto Sun
 
spaminator
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Police say Utah mom gave birth at home before killing infants
Derek Jensen, Reuters
First posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 09:49 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:11 PM EDT
SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah mother accused of slaying six of her own infant children over the course of a decade secretly gave birth to each of the babies without medical assistance at home and then immediately killed them, police said on Wednesday.
Megan Huntsman, 39, was ordered held in lieu of $6 million bail on Monday on suspicion of murdering six newborn babies whose tiny bodies were found rolled up in shirts, towels and plastic bags and stashed inside separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home.
Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of Pleasant Grove, Utah, say Huntsman has admitted under questioning that she strangled or suffocated the six babies just after they were born in a rare case of serial infanticide that ran from 1996 to 2006.
The body of a seventh infant born during the same period and disposed of the same way also was found in the garage, but police say they believe that child was stillborn.
Police disclosed new findings in the case as medical examiners continued autopsies on the remains and DNA tests aimed at confirming such details as the manner and cause of the infants' deaths, their parentage and their genders.
Following extensive interviews with neighbors and family members, including Huntsman's three older children - all daughters, now aged 20, 18 and 14 - investigators say the mother somehow managed to keep nearly a decade of consecutive pregnancies a secret.
"We have not found anybody who has ever suspected that she was pregnant," Pleasant Grove police Captain Mike Roberts said.
"All seven were born in the home," Roberts said. "We have no proof of any medical anything during any of the seven pregnancies. Nothing."
PUZZLE OF SURVIVING CHILD
Adding to the puzzle is the fact that at least one of Huntsman's surviving daughters, the 14-year-old, was born in the middle of the period during which the mother is suspected of killing six of her babies.
Huntsman was arrested on Sunday after her estranged husband, Darren Brad West, found the body of one infant tucked into a cabinet while cleaning out the garage at the home and called police, authorities have said. Investigators then discovered the six other remains.
He is believed to be the father of all seven, though neither West nor the three surviving daughters - also presumed to be his children - are suspects "at this point," Roberts said.
West, 41, who was released from federal prison earlier this year after serving time for a drug conviction and now resides in a halfway house in Utah, had been preparing to move back into the Pleasant Grove house, which is owned by his parents.
Huntsman left the house in 2011 to move in with her boyfriend in another Salt Lake City suburb, according to police.
Her three surviving daughters remained in the Pleasant Grove home, sharing the house with West's sister and her husband, who reside in a basement apartment there, police said.
Roberts said all of the deceased babies, though their remains were badly decomposed, appeared to have been carried to full term. He said autopsies might be completed on Wednesday but declined to say when results would be released.
Roberts also said he was aware of reports that Huntsman recently suffered a miscarriage, a development he said was still under investigation.
Pleasant Grove neighbors report seeing fluctuations in Huntsman's weight over the years, but say they never suspected she was pregnant. Similarly, Roberts said Huntsman's two adult daughters told police they were unaware of the pregnancies their mother concealed.
Police say they do not believe mental illness was a factor in the killings. Based on interviews with Huntsman, investigators say they have a motive but have yet to reveal it.
"I've heard speculation that she was in a cult," Roberts said, "but that's all coming from the neighbors. Unfortunately, we can't release the motive at this point."
Roberts said he expects formal charges in the case to be filed by prosecutors by next Monday, when an arraignment has been scheduled for Huntsman.
Police say Utah mom gave birth at home before killing infants | World | News | Toronto Sun
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Hmmm. . . fourth-trimester abortion. Interesting concept.
 
Sal
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Police say they do not believe mental illness was a factor in the killings. Based on interviews with Huntsman, investigators say they have a motive but have yet to reveal it.

this is an interesting comment...
 

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