A Utah mom has confessed to strangling and suffocating six of her babies before stashing their small corpses into cardboard boxes and hiding them in her home, authorities said Monday.
39-year-old Meghan Huntsman made the confession after cops found a stash of newborn bodies tucked away inside the garage of a Pleasant Grove home where the woman used to live, prosecutors said.
The Utah mom appeared via video in a courtroom on Monday, when a judge set a $6 million bail — $1 million for each child she killed.
The mother told investigators that she gave birth to seven babies between the time period of 1996 to 2006 and killed six of them right after they were born, according to a probable cause statement released by police. The seventh child was a stillborn.
The statement said each child was wrapped in a towel or a shirt and stored inside a plastic bag.
The terrifying situation came to light after Huntsman’s ex-husband, Darren West, discovered the body of one baby while cleaning out the garage of the home, and located about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City, on Sunday.
Formal charges have not yet been filed against the Utah mom as the crime is still under investigation.
Police suspect that West – who was recently released from prison after serving a 9-year sentence for drug related charges – fathered all of the deceased children, but was not aware of the killings.
“We don’t believe he had any knowledge of the situation,” Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove Police Department said after the gruesome discovery.
DNA samples have been collected from both Huntsman and her ex-husband to confirm paternity. Cops indicated that the couple lived at the home for several years before West was jailed.
Huntsman moved from the home in 2011 and left three of her daughters behind – ages 13, 18, and 20 – to live on their own, neighbors said.