Police: Utah woman gave birth to, killed 7 infants over 10 years

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — A 39-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after seven bodies of dead infants were discovered in a Pleasant Grove home, and officials said they believe that, over a 10-year period, she gave birth to six of the children then killed them.

Pleasant Grove Police responded to the home at 530 E. 200 North after residents who were cleaning out a garage found what they believed to be a dead infant in a container.

Capt. Michael Roberts, Pleasant Grove PD, said the residents found “a suspicious package with a pungent smell, and they opened the package partially and found what they believed to be a deceased infant in the box and they called police.”

When they arrived, police found the infant to be at full term, according to a press release from the Pleasant Grove Police Department.

Roberts said a search warrant was obtained and “subsequently six more bodies of infants were found in separate containers, cardboard boxes.”

According to the press release, “During the course of the investigation information was obtained that; over a 10 year period a 39 year old female gave birth to the infants and then killed them.”

Megan Huntsman was booked into the Utah County Jail and faces six counts of murder. Police officials later told FOX 13 News that there are six charges because investigators believe one of the seven was a stillborn child.

Huntsman had not lived in the home since 2011. Police said Huntsman had shared the home with her husband, a Mr. West, and they had lived there for some time. The man served nine years in federal prison on drug distribution related charges. Police told FOX 13 News the couple was estranged.

The home has two separate residences. The bodies were found in the upper residence with its attached garage, and that residence had not been lived in since 2011 when Huntsman left.

Police said Huntsman told them West was the father of the infants, and police said they believe her. They said they believe the infants were born and killed between 1996 and 2006 while West was not imprisoned. Police said West is not considered a suspect in the infants’ death.

West was among those who found the first infant, and Roberts said, “there’s a strong possibility,” the man opened the box to find his own child dead inside.

Police said the home was owned by West’s parents, who had overseen the home during the time Huntsman lived there while West was in prison.

West returned Saturday, which is when he started to clear out the home. That is when he and those helping him found a box that smelled bad and appeared to contain a dead infant.

Police said during the time Megan Huntsman was living at the home she was there with three children of hers and West’s. Those children are now 13, 18 and 20.

Neighbor Kathie Hawker said Huntsman had moved out of the home after what they called a struggle with substance abuse.

“Yeah, we were worried about her because we could see that she was not looking in good health, and we were worried about the children that lived there with her, her three daughters lived there,” Hawker said.

Kathie’s husband, Aaron Hawker, said it is shocking to learn Huntsman was allegedly pregnant so many times.

He said: “She always looked kind of slim, I mean, to have this many babies full term, it’s like… Where were they?”

Police said several warrants have been issued in the case, including a search warrant for Huntsman’s West Valley City home.

A law was passed in Utah in 2001 that allows people who have a child but aren’t prepared to care for it to drop the child off with no questions asked and no liability. See the the video below for details on the Safe Haven law.

Source: CNN/KSTU

74 comments

    • London Cherie

      Is it because a woman who was kept pregnant constantly (7 births in 10 years, do the math!) living in a place where women have NO reproductive rights deserves to also ‘have the book thrown at her’ after the hell of living with the hard things she’s done to survive?!? I’m sure the upstanding felon drug-addicted husband made sure she had access to contraception AND the means to support all those children he sired. HONESTLY!

      • Sarah

        If you think about her other children and that the the bodies of the babies are believed to be until 2006, she had 10 babies in 14/15 years of marriage.

        I really hope they deal with the psychological angle first, because most Mom’s in their right mind don’t kill their young. The causes for infanticide and those for premeditated murder are so different.

        If it was done in a sane state of mind then this woman is evil, but if there is something wrong with her psychologically speaking, she needs to be institutionalized and sterilized so that this can never happen again.

      • Susan Diesen

        Ten pregnancies ten years, husband in prison much of that time, different fathers, fear of husband finding out, substance abuse, mental illness, parents and other family?

    • My Info

      This pro-CHOICE individual thinks that there is clearly something terribly wrong with this person’s brain and that she fell through every crack in the system. People don’t do something like this when they have an unplanned pregnancy. They do something like this when they have a mental defect.

      • tiabear28@gmail.com

        And pro-choice people kill infants because they can’t keep there legs closed?? seems like a mental defect to me too!

      • Kenneth

        No tiabear, that’s not Pro-Choice, that’s just called Sin and we all suffer from it. Some just don’t try to control it, while others do.

      • My Info

        Ok tiabear… two things. 1) Not all pro-choice people have had abortions. I just believe that women should have safe, legal ways to terminate a pregnancy if she so chooses. And to imply all pro-choice women have problems keeping their legs closed is insulting. 2) You can’t abort an infant. An infant has already been born.

      • Josh

        Saying she should have had abortions makes absolutely no sense. She’s a criminal because she killed her babies outside of the womb, but she’s just “making a responsible decision if she kills them before they come out? 1. When does a baby become a human being? 2. If one person has a baby prematurely, say at five months, and another has a baby at 9 months, at what point would you say the premature baby become a human? 3. Prove it. Abortion is murder.

      • devlynharrison

        This lady killed babies after they was born several times…..clearly this chick is mentally unstable and yes she needs help but its not my decision on what kind of help she deserves….but saying she should have had abortions and justifying or unjustifying abortions is redundant to that the babies areDEAD

      • London Cherie

        Because in Pleasant Grove, UT woman have access to abortions even though most are only allowed contraceptive care WITH their husbands consent?!? Or because the abstinence-only culture there would teach girls how NOT to get pregnant?!? Don’t you understand that women in Utah are treated like breeding cattle with absolutely NO rights or control over their own fertility choices?

    • Jp Grace

      there’s no such thing as ‘pro abortion’… just pro CHOICE. you’ve probably been told that 4,000 times but can’t seem to get it to stick. right? saying pro abortion is just the more hateful route, so you choose that one.

      • jose m.

        Men that don’t wanna take care of there kids “dead beat dads” women that don’t want to take care of there kids “pro choice”

      • dewey

        will’s mom, should have had an abortion….boy was conceived on a day his daddy shoulda went fishin

  • Amanda

    Over a 10 year period…… so no one ever suspected anything after seeing this lady pregnant 7 times and never seen with children… what about doctors… or the father. this is what wrong with America someone had to saw or assumed something? if the the ex husband was the father then he had to of known sometime if you sleeping with someone over a 10 year period you will see them the signs of preganacy!! She clearly needs help to kill all 7 babies and then keep them packaged up in her house for 10 years and should be fixed so she can never have another child those babies would of made alot of people happy parents!! SO sad!! America has to do something this is happening way too much!!!

    • Sarah

      Unfortunately it’s a sign of the times we live in. Civilized humanity is often a thin veneer, and these types of things are what lie under that veneer. Take away government, laws, and societal structure…humans would be killing each other all the time.

      • Heather

        Many people do make that offer at clinics. Most mothers do not take them up on it though. Some say adoption is too hard, other say they don’t want to go through the pregnancy. Some of them are very nasty about it, too, and don’t appreciate be approached.

    • FaithC

      I am sure there is a lot more to this story, but this woman is still bat c*r*a*p crazy. I can not think of one reason she should be allowed to take another breath.

      • London Cherie

        Because you’ve obviously lived with the privilege of having control over your own reproductive rights! Which, sadly, in my personal experience women in the areas like Pleasant Grove, UT do not have. They are denied contraceptive care, kept barefoot and pregnant, and oppressed. So yes, let’s judge and punish her more. Kay?

      • FaithC

        Just kidding. She should be released immediately. Her kids are her property. As long as she is Mormon than fugg her.

  • Jeff D.

    She dont need a trial. Bring back death by hanging and invite the news crew and the public for a good old high noon saturday hanging like the old west. I bet if we hung these child killers that people would think twice about taking a life.

    • Sarah

      I’m sure you’d want a trial before you were hung. She deserves the same courtesy. This is breaking news. We certainly do not have all the facts and shouldn’t be making judgements before we know it was actually her.

    • Noname

      May as well have the same done to those who have had abortions too, no difference except one being in the womb and the other being out. You can’t have it either way, murder is murder.

  • FaithC

    Sick and sad. So many couples who want a child and can’t have one and this freak kills them. Just sick and sad.

    • London Cherie

      Because killing a woman who was kept pregnant constantly (7 births in 10 years, do the math!) living in a place where women have NO reproductive rights is the right thing to do?!? I’m sure the upstanding felon drug-addicted husband made sure she had access to contraception AND the means to support all those children he sired. Yes, let’s condemn her BEFORE we get the facts. Good call!

  • rainey

    She is my dads brothers girlfriend! She has always seemed kinda weird but i would have never thought she was a baby killer!

      • rainey

        Yea! It also makes me wonder because she hung out with my littlebcousin a lot! she never seemed to have a problem with children and she was super duper skinny so i would never have thought she had got pregnent more than twice with the two children still alive

    • JLewis

      I read that she had 3 living daughters not just 2.. Said 2 were between 18-20 and the youngest was 13 or 14..

  • Jessica Morley

    Eye for an Eye!!! No need to even give her a chance to defend herself in court. Obviously she was whoring around while her husband was away, killing those innocent babies didn’t help any. Many struggling couples out there would have gladly taken them in. Take her life the way she did those lives.

  • ebony

    Whether you’re Pro Choice or Pro Life the fact of the matter is 7 babies are dead! Shame on family, friends, neighbors and doctors etc, who didn’t find something strange with her having these babies and the previous ones were nowhere to be seen.

  • Nancy Hancock

    Would like to know how the husband is the father of these infants when he was locked up in a federal prison for 9 yrs and just recently got out according to another article.

      • dewey

        cause we got nothin better to do than to keep harping on something that will ultimately change nothing

      • if it has a heart beat it is alive

        we are thinking about the babies 3000 a day just in the good old USA. all with a heart beat before some crazy mother and a doctor stopped their heart from beatting just like this lady did. 23 weeks pro choice 40 weeks murder.

  • Sarah

    It’s called infanticide and it’s usually an underlying psychiatric condition. One should wait until the whole story is told before passing judgement. She needs to be institutionalized and sterilized so that she can never do this again. Judge not lest you be judged..and let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

    • Sarah

      You’re right. It’s practiced all over the world. In countries where abortion is illegal and boys are wanted, little girls are suffocated upon being born. It doesn’t take away from the fact that what was done is heinous but honestly she really needs to be checked out by a psychiatrist. I don’t think she should ever be able to live a life of freedom again, but she needs serious help…not the death penalty.

  • thinkaboutit

    They have the death penalty in Utah and she deserves it. For all those arguing about pro-choice and pro-life (which I am) a fetus (which is Latin for little one) begins to develop a brain, heart, spine and circulatory system at 5 weeks gestation and by 9 weeks gestation (2 months and a week) the baby’s heart is pumping blood at the same rate as an infant. To argue that it is not human but another form while in the womb is ludicrous!

    • dewey

      not a person till you have a social….or at least that’s how you treat Mexicans….why not fetuses too….

    • London Cherie

      because killing a woman who was kept pregnant constantly (7 births in 10 years, do the math!) living in a place where women have NO reproductive rights is the right thing to do?!? I’m sure the upstanding felon drug-addicted husband made sure she had access to contraception AND the means to support all those children he sired. Yes, let’s condemn her BEFORE we get the facts. Good call!

    • Sarah

      I would by no means consider myself pro-choice, but just for the sake of argument, babies under the age of five months cannot live outside of their mother’s womb. That is the difference, viability of life.

      Would I have an abortion…no. Do I think there are valid reasons for terminating a pregnancy…yes. It should not be used as a form of birth control or because it’s an inconvenient time to have a baby. However, let’s look at a case from Ireland (a country where abortion is not legal). The woman in question pushed for an abortion because if she carried to term she had been told by her doctors that she would die. While their government debated whether or not to allow the abortion, the mother died. Should she and her husband have had a choice over whose life was taken, mother or child’s? Definitely!

      Abortion is not a black and white issue and neither is infanticide. That is the crime that if found guilty by a jury or her peers, is what this woman is guilty of.

  • x

    Pro choice is just that, the right to choose and the government not interfering with our lives. It has nothing to do with this story. Life was lost and that’s always sad.

    • Sarah

      You’re right. Abortion is definitely not what this case is about. The loss of any child before or after birth is grievous.

      Those that want her to die are equally as culpable. They want to fix the situation by becoming murderers themselves.

      To those that think she should die…I have this to say:

      Someone read the New Testament.

      Jesus would not be condemning and judging this woman right now. In fact all sin is equal in God’s eyes. So if you steal gum from a store should your hand be chopped off or your eyes gouged out, because they’re your offending parts? If it’s good for the goose…it’s good for the gander. If you want society to be judged like that then we will take western civilization back to the dark ages.

  • devlynharrison

    Hey this lady killed babies after they was born………. Most definitely this lady mentally unstable

    • if it has a heart beat it is alive

      all babies are born , even if you kill them they are still born. you are born when you come out of your mother

    • Sarah

      That’s the whole point. She’s mentally unstable. The loss of life is horrific, but we can’t judge someone without knowing the full story.

  • anopinion

    I wonder what her 3 daughters think, knowing now that she killed their 6 or 7 siblings, and they could have easily been killed as well. Also, I wonder if they knew anything because they were obviously old enough to know about pregnancy, and see their mom pregnant. I wonder if they knew anything.

  • peggy

    First of all, I really have a hard time believing that the husband did not know that she was pregnant. 7 babies in 10 years. Surely he would had noticed a belly. Or he was so used to keeping her knock up, he thought that it was normal. I just find ti had to believe that he didn’t know. She couldn’t have gotten knock up by herself.

  • Al

    I wonder if all the infants were male. It says she has three girls two of which were born during the 10 years. the 13 and 18 yr old. It’s should still be in question if the father knows anything about it unless he was in jail during this time period then she was obviously sleeping with someone else.

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