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Monday, April 20, 2015

Woman confesses to killing six of her newborns

In February a Utah woman pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborn children and hiding the bodies in her garage, and faces life in prison.
Megan Huntsman, 39, was charged with six counts of first-degree felony murder.
Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman told the judge that prosecutors also will write a letter to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole about Huntsman's cooperation in the investigation after the children's bodies were discovered in her garage 10 months earlier.
"We'd be surprised if she ever gets out of prison," despite concessions on the part of the prosecution, Buhman said. "There are probably very few people at the Utah State Prison that are responsible for six murders."

Huntsman is accused of killing the six infants shortly after birth during the period from Jan. 1, 1996, to Dec. 31, 2006.
"The defendant gave birth to six children," Buhman told the judge. "Those children were born alive. Immediately after each child's birth, she either choked or smothered the child to death."

Huntsman's long-kept secret began to unravel when her now-estranged husband, Darren West — who had spent eight years in prison for drug crimes before being released into a  halfway house — was retrieving some of his belongings at their home.
Inside the garage, West found the remains of a baby. Alerted to the grisly discovery, police later found six more infant corpses.
Huntsman allegedly told investigators that she had killed six of the infants, while a seventh child was stillborn.
West and Huntsman have three living children together, all daughters, now ages 13 to 20.
Police have said that Huntsman used methamphetamine heavily and that her drug addiction was a motive for her crimes.


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