“I cannot give a reasonable answer why:” Utah mom admits killing 6 babies after giving birth

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(CNN) — A Utah mom who admitted to killing six of her babies soon after giving birth was given a hefty prison sentence Monday.

Megan Huntsman, 40, pleaded guilty in February to six counts of felony murder. She will spend at least 30 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

“I really thought I had seen it all until this case,” Judge Darold McDade said during sentencing on Monday.

Utah authorities were called to a Pleasant Grove residence a year ago after Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, found a baby wrapped in a plastic bag in the garage. Police eventually found the bodies of seven infants.

Huntsman told police she strangled or suffocated at least six babies immediately after she gave birth to them between 1996 and 2006. The seventh, she said, was stillborn.

“Each baby was found wrapped in either a towel or a shirt, placed inside of a plastic bag, and each was contained in a separate cardboard box,” a probable cause statement from last year said.

“It’s been horrible for our department,” Pleasant Gove police detective Dan Beckstrom told CNN affiliate KSL. “Some of the things officers saw in that garage, they can never unsee.”

DNA testing showed West to be the father of all seven children. He said he wasn’t aware of any of the pregnancies.

Huntsman blamed her actions on her addictions. First methamphetamine, a habit she said she kicked, then alcohol.

“Depression and alcohol took hold of me the same way drugs did,” she said in a statement read by her attorney. “I cannot give a reasonable answer why I was capable of such a sick and heinous crime. I held my secret for 18 years.”


  • Phoenix

    I find it VERY difficult to believe that her husband was oblivious to SEVEN pregnancies!!! You have to come up with a better lie than THAT! And if the authorities actually believe that foolishness, they need mental evaluations… ASAP!!!

    • beavis and butthead

      well would you look at that..in another story “people” are celebrating the death of a black kid who stole a car. Then flip to this…A monster…baby killer…demon!!!! and no one has a daNG thing to say….I mean, this deplorable, inhumane, twisted act should have pages of outrage but you only see a couple posts. Just shows the warped way of thinking that accompanies racist people. Now if you will, imagine the amount of posts that would be here if her skin was brown or black. DESPICABLE!!!!!!!!!

  • kenda

    This is Terrible and I am shocked and disgusted by her actions. I don’t understand how she could kill six of her babies and keep it a secret…How could the husband not know she was pregnant? I really hate hearing these stories, people are evil and scary out there.

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