Utah mother Megan Huntsman, accused of killing her six babies, appeared in court on Monday where she was appointed a public defender.
The 39-year-old woman was arrested on April 12 after her estranged husband found the body of a dead infant in their garage. Upon further investigation by police, six more infant bodies were found tucked into cardboard boxes and wrapped in plastic bags.
After being arrested by police for the murders of six infants, Megan Huntsman admitted to strangling and suffocating the babies after giving birth to them. The murders occurred between 1996 and 2006. One of the children found by police was a stillborn and was not murdered by Huntsman.
Huntsman made a brief court appearance at Provo’s 4th District Court Monday morning. Huntsman was assigned a public defender who will go up against Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman. Buhman asked for an extension to have more time to file formal charges:
“There is a lot of evidence that is being gathered as we speak. The medical examiner has completed initial autopsies, but we don’t expect the reports for awhile…We want to be careful. We want to file the right charge, with the right [offense] dates. We want to make sure we don’t file anything erroneously.”
Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence authorities have gathered in the case, police and prosecutors have not revealed the official causes of death for the six infants or their genders. While detective Dan Beckstrom told the press that Megan Huntsman has been cooperative with police, authorities have not released a motive for the killings.
Mom Megan Huntsman Accused Of Killing 6 Babies Appears in Court.