West Valley City, Utah. --- (KSL) A woman was arrested early Sunday after police found seven deceased infants in a Pleasant Grove home Saturday, shocking family members and leaving a neighborhood stunned.
Police believe Megan Huntsman, 39, gave birth to all of the infants and killed them between 1996 and 2006.
At least six of them were born alive, police said.
According to investigators, Huntsman admitted to police that she either suffocated or strangled the babies immediately after they were born.
Huntsman's ex-husband and some family members found a newborn infant's body when they were cleaning out the garage on April 12. Huntsman hasn't lived in the home since 2011 and currently lives in West Valley City, according to police.
Other than a traffic citation in 2011, no criminal record for Huntsman was found during a search of Utah court records.
Huntsman was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of six counts of murder. DNA tests will be completed to determine who fathered the babies, police said.
“She was always a good babysitter because she baby-sat my grandchildren when they were little. ... She was one we could always count on to do the job right,” Kathie Hawker said.
Kathie and Aaron Hawker were Huntsman’s neighbors when she lived in Pleasant Grove and have known the family for 15 years.
“They've always been really good neighbors," Aaron Hawker said. She always seemed like a good mom, a good wife. ... This came as a shock both to (my wife) and I because we always thought she looked skinny. We never saw any evidence of pregnancies.”
Utah was one of the first states to have a safe haven law in place in 2001. A parent can anonymously give up custody of a newborn baby at a hospital or fire station, no questions asked.
The parent will not be reported to police, investigated or prosecuted. The baby is then placed in the custody of the State Division of Child and Family Services and is put up for adoption.
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