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Megan Huntsman, 39, was arrested Sunday and booked on six counts of murder after cops discovered the tiny bodies stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of her former home in Pleasant Grove. DNA samples taken from Huntsman and her husband will determine whether the two are the parents as investigators believe.
Megan Huntsman, 39, was booked into the Utah County jail on suspicion of killing six of her newborn children over the past decade.
A Utah mother was facing multiple counts of murder Sunday after cops made the grisly discovery of seven dead babies in the garage of her former home — six stuffed in cardboard boxes.
Megan Huntsman, 39, is believed to be the mother of all the dead infants police suspect were killed between 1996 and 2006.
“My personal reaction? Just shocked. Couldn’t believe it. The other officers felt the same. They got more and more shocked each box they opened,” said Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove, Utah, Police Department.
Huntsman was charged with six counts of murder. It was unclear why she was not charged with the seventh murder.
Cops were called to the house Saturday after Huntsman’s ex-husband, Darren West, discovered one of the dead babies while cleaning out the garage of a home where Huntsman previously lived.
Officers searched the garage and found six more babies in cardboard boxes, Roberts said.
Neighbors said Huntsman’s three older daughters, aged 13 to 20, still live in the house, which is owned by the West’s parents.
Mug shot of Megan Huntsman, who was arrested Sunday after police discovered the bodies of babies in the garage of her former home.
Huntsman moved out of the house in 2011, leaving her daughters to live on their own, neighbors said.
Roberts said the ex-husband who is believed to have fathered the slain infants was not a suspect in the infanticide.
“We don't believe he had any knowledge of the situation,” Roberts said of West.
Authorities at the Pleasant Grove, Utah, home where the bodies of seven babies were found Sunday.
West was recently released from prison after serving time on drug-related charges.
Asked how it was possible that West did not know about the slain babies, Roberts said, “That’s the million-dollar question. Amazing.”
He refused to say if Huntsman had made any admissions to detectives interviewing her Sunday.
Authorities investigate the scene at Megan Huntsman's former home in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
The tiny bodies were taken to the Utah medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.
DNA samples were taken from Huntsman and her ex-husband to confirm paternity.
The crime left Huntsman’s former neighbors in the town 35 miles south of Salt Lake City sickened and dismayed. Authorities at the crime scene in Pleasant Grove, Utah.
“This has just blown us away,” said Kathie Hawker, adding that Huntsman once babysat her grandchildren. “It makes us so sad, we want to cry.”
Hawker’s husband, Aaron, said he spoke to the ex-husband just before he made the chilling discovery.
“Two hours later, suddenly we had all these policemen here,” Aaron Hawker said.
West and his family issued a statement Sunday night saying they were “in a state of shock and confusion.”