Utah Police Search for Answers in Deaths of Seven Babies

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Police have found the bodies of seven dead babies in separate cardboard boxes inside a garage in Utah. Police are seeking answers from the babies’ mother and other members of the family about how this tragedy unfolded during the past decade without any noticing it.

Megan Huntsman, who is 39, is accused of killing the babies after she gave birth to them from 1996 to 2006, said investigators. On Sunday, she was booked into a jail in Utah County charged with murder. No one is sure if Huntsman has an attorney and why she was charged with just six counts of murder, when there were seven babies’ bodies found.

The horrific case has raised a number of questions over the killings and how they took place despite what neighbors of Huntsman called a normal existence.

Police would not comment on a possible motive and on what was said by Huntsman during her interview with the investigators.

Her husband, with whom she is separated, discovered the bodies while he was cleaning the garage after being released recently from prison. Authorities do not think the husband had been aware of any of the killings and is not a person a police consider a suspect.

Michael Roberts a police captain said that officers responded on Saturday from a call made by the husband about finding a dead baby. The other six bodies were found afterwards.

Neighbors and family identified the husband as Darren West. They said he had just been released from prison on charges that were drug related.

Police believe Huntsman and West had been together when each of the babies were born, but do not believe the husband had knowledge of what took place.

Asked how the police believe West did not know what was taking place, they responded that, that is the big question.

The bodies were sent to a medical examiner’s office to be tested, including one test to determine their causes of death.

Samples of DNA were taken from Huntsman and West and that will determine definitely whether they are the children’s parents, as believed by investigators.

Huntsman has three other daughters – two young adults and one teenager – who lived with her at the home.

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