Megan Huntsman in Court but Charges in 6 Babies' Deaths Unknown

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Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 10:05 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman who admitted to killing six of her own home-birthed babies and storing them in her garage, appeared in court Monday but it's still unknown what charges she will face.

According to CBS News, during the brief morning appearance the judge approved her request for a public defender and granted prosecutors more time to determine what charges to file against her.

"We want to make sure we don't file erroneously," said Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman. "The closer we can get to the truth of what happened, the better decisions we can make."

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Huntsman, 39, sat shackled in a baggy prison jumpsuit while staring at the ground looking disoriented. She is being held on $6 million bail, and remains the only suspect according to Buhman.

Between 1996 and 2006, Huntsman is believed to have suffocated or strangled six of seven babies she gave birth to at her Pleasant Grove home roughly 30 miles south of Salt Lake City. One baby was stillborn, she said. She likely concealed the pregnancies and births, but how is yet to be determined.

The state medical examiner performed autopsies on the bodies of the babies last week, but the results have not yet been released.

DNA tests are likely to determine if Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, is the father of any of the babies. It was West who discovered one of the bodies on April 12, and called police.

West was in federal prison on drug charges from 2006 through January, but did live with Huntsman during the decade the alleged killing took place.

Police say West has been cooperative, and is not a suspect.

Neighbors report that they never suspected Huntsman was pregnant, and were surprised by the news of the killings considering she has three living children ages 13 to 20.

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