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Megan Huntsman Who Killed 6 of Her Newborns Is Sentenced

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 07:41 AM

Megan Huntsman, the Utah woman who killed six of her newborn babies and hid them in her garage, was sentenced to up to life in prison on Monday.

"In some small way, I wanted to help them avoid the terrible life I would have given them," Huntsman said in a statement that alluded to her one-time meth addiction, reported The Salt Lake Tribune.

"I deprived my little babies of the opportunity of life. … Those babies aren't coming back, and they never will because of my actions."

Jeff Buhman, Utah County Attorney, said Huntsman won't likely have a chance at parole for 30 years. It's likely she'll spend her life behind bars, he said.

Between 1996 and 2006, Huntsman, 40, birthed six babies at home, and strangled them to death just minutes after they were born. A seventh infant was stillborn.

She wrapped each body in cloth, sealed it in plastic, and packed them away in boxes. She then stored the boxes in the garage of her Pleasant Grove home. When she moved out of the house, she left them behind.

Her estranged husband Darren West, the father of all the babies, found them in April 2014 after coming home from spending 8 years in prison for meth-related charges.

Huntsman's three surviving daughters wrote letters on their mother's behalf, which were read aloud in court.

"No matter what anyone thinks you are, you are a good person," wrote one daughter.

"This is not the Mom I know," reads another letter from Huntsman's youngest surviving daughter. "The Mom I know was the one who had dinner for us every night, a clean house and was a loving mother. Nobody could guess my mom would do anything like this."



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