A woman in Utah was arrested and charged with six counts of murder after the bodies of seven dead babies were found in her former residence.
The bodies of the infants were found at a home in Pleasant Grove where Megan Huntsman, 39, lived until 2011. According to ABC News, the current resident (who is Huntsman's ex-husband) made the discovery and called the police:
"A family member was cleaning out the garage and came across a box that looked suspicious. Upon opening the box they found the infant inside," Capt. Michael Roberts of the Pleasant Grove Police Department told ABC News.
Police found six more bodies of infants, each in separate containers. Police said they believe Huntsman gave birth to the babies over a period of time from 1996-2006, and then murdered them after they were born.
Authorities arrested Huntsman and booked her at the Utah County Jail on six murder counts, but did not comment on why she was not charged with seven counts.The adult residents of the home claimed to have no knowledge of the dead babies, police said. Roberts could not confirm whether Huntsman had any other children or if she was married.
According to NBC, one of the infants was stillborn. DNA testing is being conducting to help determine who the father is.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the home is currently occupied by Huntsman's former in-laws. A neighbor gave some insight into Hunstman's life when she lived at the home:
Two people are living in the Pleasant Grove home at this time, a rambler which is split into upstairs and downstairs apartments.
The ex-husband's parents own the home, and Huntsman's three daughters still live there, said longtime neighbor Sharon Chipman. The eldest daughters are around 18 to 20 years old, while the youngest is now about 13, Chipman said. Chipman hasn't seen the daughters since the news broke.
The ex had been cleaning out the garage on Saturday getting ready to move back into the house this summer, Chipman said. "He was finally coming down to help take care of his family — and to run across that, it would devastate him," Chipman said. Chipman had noticed that Huntsman had gained and lost some weight in the years she lived there, but Chipman never considered that she was pregnant. She was a great neighbor, and Chipman even trusted Huntsman to watch her grandson, when he was a toddler, for years.
Such an awful tragedy.
Image via Pleasant Grove Police.