US mother pleads guilty to killing six of her newborns and storing their bodies in the garage

February 13, 2015 10:29 am

A US mother pleaded guilty Thursday (local time) to killing six of
her newborns and storing their bodies in the garage, bringing closure to
a case that small town prosecutors called uniquely heinous.
Megan
Huntsman, 39, faces up to life in prison when she’s sentenced April 20.
Her voice broke as she said “guilty” six times to answer for each
count.

pleaded guilty to killing six of her newborns and storing their bodies in the garage. Photo / AP

The guilty pleas are the result of a deal that could
reduce her minimum sentence by five years, but still “we’ll be shocked
if she ever gets out,” Utah County attorney Jeff Buhman said.
The
infants’ remains were discovered by Huntsman’s estranged husband,
Darren West, in April 2014 as he gathered belongings from the home they
had shared in Pleasant Grove, a city of about 35,000. He called police
after finding the first tiny body in a cardboard box. Authorities found
the rest, seven in all, one of which they said was stillborn.

Huntsman told police she immediately strangled or suffocated
the newborns, wrapped them in cloth, put them in plastic bags, then
packed them in boxes over a 10-year period from 1996 to 2006.
She told investigators she was addicted to methamphetamine at the time and didn’t want to care for the babies.
West
made the discovery shortly after he was released from federal prison
where he was sent eight years ago after pleading guilty to meth charges.
He was the father of each child and lived with Huntsman during the
decade when they were killed, but police have said they aren’t
investigating him in connection with the deaths.
West and
Huntsman have three other children, who are with other family members.
He was not in court and has not spoken publicly about the case.
defence attorney Anthony Howell declined to comment, as did family members who attended the court hearing.

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