Megan Huntsman gave birth to seven babies in her home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, then their bodies were concealed in boxes and stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday.
According to the affidavit, police responded to a report that a dead baby had been found in a garage in Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles from Salt Lake City on Saturday. The report had been filed by Darren West, Huntsman’s estranged husband.
“The baby was well preserved and appeared to be full term,” according to the probable cause affidavit. “A search warrant was obtained for the home and during the execution of the warrant, officers discovered six additional bodies. The bodies all appeared to be infants.”
Huntsman was arrested on suspicion of six counts of first-degree felony murder.
On Monday morning, via closed-circuit TV from the Utah County jail, Huntsman appeared in 4th District Court, where bail was set at $6 million, $1 million for each baby.
The seven infants were inside a cabinet amid other boxes and items, added Pleasant Grove Police Chief Michael Smith. Investigators found each baby wrapped in a towel or shirt, and placed inside of a plastic bag, and each was in a separate cardboard box, according to the affidavit.
The arrest affidavit said Huntsman told the police, after waiving her Miranda rights, that she gave birth to the seven babies at her Pleasant Grove home between 1996 and 2006.
The state Medical Examiner’s Office has examined the infants, but is bringing in a specialist before completing its report, Smith said. The recovered remains were being examined to determine the exact cause of death. DNA tests are also expected to confirm the parentage. The police chief said he hopes to identify the genders of all seven, but added that, for now, decomposition makes that a difficult determination.
At first glance, all the babies appear to be full term, Smith said.
7 Babies Found Dead in Utah Home
A woman was arrested on six counts of murder after authorities found the bodies of seven infants.