UT woman charged with murder, 7 bodies discovered

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PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) A 39-year-old woman was arrested Sunday after police found seven dead babies in separate cardboard boxes in the garage of a Utah home.

Megan Huntsman, who lived in the Pleasant Grove home until three years ago, is accused of giving birth to the infants from 1996 to 2006 and killing them.

Police Capt. Michael Roberts says officers responded to a call Saturday from Huntsman's estranged husband about a dead infant found at the home located about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. Officers then discovered the other six dead babies.

Roberts says while the estranged husband lived with the suspect in the home during the same time, he is not a person of interest at this time.

Huntsman was booked into the Utah County Jail on six counts of murder. It was not clear whether she had an attorney.

Family and neighbors identified the estranged husband of the Utah woman accused of killing seven babies she gave birth to over 10 years as Darren West, a convict who has been in prison.

West's family released a statement late Sunday saying they're in a "state of shock and confusion."

They said they're mourning "this tragic loss of life."

Police Capt. Michael Roberts says investigators believe West and Megan Huntsman were together when the babies were born between 1996 and 2006, but said West isn't a person of interest at this time.

Court records show West pleaded guilty in federal court in 2005 to two counts of possessing chemicals intended to be used in manufacturing methamphetamine. In 2006, he was sentenced to nine years in prison. It's unclear when he was released.

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