Tests: Mom Accused of Killing Babies Was on Meth

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a Utah mother's motive for killing six of her newborns was that she was addicted to methamphetamine and other drugs and didn't want to deal with the responsibility.

Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts told The Associated Press on Tuesday that 39-year-old Megan Huntsman was heavily into a methamphetamine addiction when she strangled or suffocated the infants from 1996 to 2006.

Roberts said she wasn't worried about the babies' health, but selfishly didn't want to care for them.

Authorities think a seventh baby found in her Pleasant Grover garage was stillborn.

Police had previously declined to discuss a motive in the case.

Huntsman is in jail on $6 million bail, charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Her lawyers were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah authorities say DNA results confirm that the biological father of the seven dead babies found stored in a garage is the estranged husband of the woman charged with murder in the case.

Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said Tuesday that the results from the FBI also show that five of the babies were girls and two were boys. Roberts says all seven were full term.

The 39-year-old Megan Huntsman is charged with six counts of first-degree murder. She told officers that she strangled or suffocated six of the babies from 1996 to 2006. Huntsman said one infant found was stillborn.

Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, lived with her during the decade the babies were killed before going to federal prison on drug charges from 2006 until January. He is not a suspect.


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