Posted on | April 14, 2014 | 23 Comments
Accused Utah baby killer Megan Huntsman
A mother gave birth to seven babies while hiding the pregnancy from her husband and strangled them to death immediately after they were born, authorities said today.
The infants’ dead bodies were found hidden in cardboard boxes in 39-year-old Megan Huntsman’s garage by her estranged husband.
Huntsman, 39, is accused of killing her babies after giving birth to the children between 1996 and 2006, investigators said. She admitted strangling six of them and wrapping their bodies in towels before hiding them at home. The other child was not alive when it was born.
Her husband Darren West is believed to have been living with her at the time of the killings, and found the bodies this month after returning home following a prison sentence for drug offences.
Huntsman also has three daughters — one teenager and two young adults — who lived at the house.
(Hat tip: Kirby McCain on Twitter.) You can do the math. If Huntsman is now 39, she was no more than 22 when she first killed one of her babies in 1996, by which time she was already a mother of three young girls. How old was she when she first gave birth?
A crime like this will likely involve some very weird background.