Bail Set for Utah Woman Suspected of Murdering Six Babies
(PLEASANT GROVE, Utah) -- The Utah woman who police say killed at least six of her own infants is being held on $6 million bail. Megan Huntsman, 39, made her first court appearance Monday and is scheduled to face formal charges next week. Utah County prosecutors said that police went to Huntsman's former Pleasant Grove home last weekend after a family member called to say they had found a stillborn baby inside a box that appeared to be full-term.
Authorities obtained a search warrant to inspect the home, where they found six more infant bodies inside, packaged in separate containers.
Huntsman apparently admitted to police that she either strangled or smothered the babies from 1996 through 2006. No motive was given.
The family member who called in the complaint was Darren West, Huntsman's estranged husband. It's believed that their pair had lived together when the babies were born but authorities don't believe West had any knowledge of the situation.
It was also unclear how Huntsman was able to hide the alleged murders from her neighbors or three daughters, two of whom are now young adults while the other is a teenager.
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