7 Infant Corpses Found in Utah Home; Mom Charged

Cops believe mother killed them over 10-year period
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2014 12:35 AM CDT
Updated Apr 14, 2014 3:33 AM CDT
7 Dead Babies Found in Utah Home
This photo released by the Utah County Jail shows Megan Huntsman.   (AP Photo/Utah County Jail)

Police in Utah have been horrified to discover the bodies of seven babies in the garage of a home in a small town south of Salt Lake City. Megan Huntsman, 39, has been booked on six counts of murder. Investigators believe she gave birth to the babies, at least six of which were born alive, between 1996 and 2006 and suffocated or strangled them as soon as they were born, reports the Deseret News. "It's unfathomable," a police spokesman says. "I can’t even imagine what’s going through somebody’s head to do that."

The woman's estranged husband is believed to be the father of the children but police say he is not a person of interest in the investigation and had recently been released after an 8 or 9-year term in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. The husband called police after finding a dead infant in a box while cleaning out the garage, and police found six more bodies in taped-up cardboard boxes. Huntsman hadn't lived in the home since 2011, but neighbors tell the Salt Lake Tribune that other relatives lived there with the couple's three daughters, who are in their teens or early 20s. They say Huntsman was a "great neighbor" who they trusted to babysit their children, and she never appeared to be pregnant. (More infanticide stories.)

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