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Megan Huntsman Pleads Guilty to Murder of 6 Babies Found in Boxes

By    |   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 04:31 PM

Pleasant Grove, Utah, woman Megan Huntsman pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of six newborn babies.

Huntsman, 39, is believed to have given birth to the babies between 1996 and 2006. Their bodies were found in April packed in storage boxes in her garage.

According to court documents, Huntsman said she strangled or suffocated the infants.

Sentencing is set for April 20.

“Obviously this was a very heinous crime, something that we haven’t seen in Utah or Utah County before,” Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman told The Los Angeles Times, adding that there isn’t a good explanation of a motive. “We know there was some drug use, probably a significant amount.”

Huntsman’s husband, Darren West, found the first body while cleaning the garage in April, not long after being released from federal prison, where he served from 2006 to 2014 on a methamphetamine-related conviction.

Each of the six charges carry possible sentences of up to life in prison.

Prosecutors will recommend that she serve her sentences concurrently as part of her plea deal. They also will write a letter to the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole about her cooperation in the investigation, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

"We'd be surprised if she ever gets out of prison," Buhman said, according to the Tribune. "There are probably very few people at the Utah State Prison that are responsible for six murders."

Huntsman told police that a seventh infant, also found in the garage, was stillborn.

West and Huntsman have three living daughters, ages 13 to 20.

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