Boyfriend, neighbors speak about woman accused of killing six newborns

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police say a mother has confessed to killing her six babies over a 10-year period.

Megan Huntsman, 39, is in the Utah County Jail facing six potential murder charges.

On Monday, her bail was set at $6 million cash-only — $1 million for each child.

Pleasant Grove Police took Huntsman into custody overnight Saturday at a mobile home park in West Valley City near 3900 West and 4200 South.

Huntsman had been living at the residence with her boyfriend. He didn’t want to be identified but told FOX 13 the two had a three-year relationship.

He said Huntsman struggled with alcoholism and previous drug abuse but he had no idea there was an alleged darker past. The boyfriend told us he’s shaken up and trying to make sense of it, just like the next-door neighbor who trusted Huntsman.

“She was real nice. She babysat my kids. From my youngest son to my oldest at 10,” said West Valley City neighbor Josh Flowers.

Flowers said he never saw anything to indicate what his neighbor is accused of.

“I just don’t understand how someone could do something like that and be how they are around other peoples’ kids, like nothing even happened,” he said.

Huntsman moved into her West Valley home around 2011. Before that, she lived with her now estranged husband, Darren West, and their three daughters in a Pleasant Grove home.

West was recently released from prison after a drug conviction. While cleaning the garage Saturday, police say he discovered a cardboard box with the remains of a full-term baby inside. Police later found six additional corpses and arrested Huntsman.
She reportedly confessed.

According to a probable cause statement, “between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at the Pleasant Grove residence, and that all the babies, but one, were born alive, and that she either strangled or suffocated the babies immediately after they were born.”

“It’s shock,” said Pleasant Grove neighbor Sandee Wall. “I was just thinking the past couple of days about this and there’s been times she had put on weight and I thought, ‘is she pregnant,’ but of course that`s something you never ask a woman.”

A reporter asked Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman, “Any chance these children are her children’s children?”

“We don’t have any evidence of that yet,” Buhman responded.

Megan Huntsman remains in jail on $6 million bail which she didn’t oppose.

Judge: ma’am?

Huntsman: yes?

Judge: any response?

Huntsman: that’s fine

Listen to the court proceedings here:

While Huntsman is the only suspect, “we aren’t closing the door to anything,” said Pleasant Grove Police Chief Michael Smith. “We just like anybody else have questions that we want answers for we want to know from certain people what they knew or what they didn’t know and how it was possible.”

A Pleasant Grove lieutenant told FOX 13 that investigators know what the motive is and don’t believe mental illness is a factor but they wouldn’t give details beyond that, only saying, expect more details in the coming days.

At this point, Megan Huntsman has not been mentally evaluated. In fact, she hasn’t been officially charged. Prosecutors have a week to file and are considering six murder charges. Huntsman is due back in court April 21.

Meanwhile, police believe Darren West is the babies’ father but the medical examiner will ultimately confirm if there are one or multiple fathers. The medical examiner’s office is also analyzing the gender of these infants and the exact manner of death.

Read full probable cause statement here: Megan-Huntsman-Probable-Cause-Statement

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13 comments

  • Bob

    I’ve always believed it was wrong to take the life of another innocent human being, before or after their birth. The death penalty should only be applied to criminals and not the unborn.

    • Greg

      Way to make this about your views on abortion Bob. This has nothing to do with unborn babies or abortion, this is murder. Stopping an unwanted pregnancy in the beginning stages, and suffocating an infant are not the same thing, and I feel sorry for those who disagree.

      • RW

        Everyone is say this is a horrific this that happened (which it is). But how is it if she would have done this just a few weeks befor giving birth it would have been okay, she would not be in prison, but all the 6 baby’s would still be dead? How is that fine??? It’s wrong both ways and she should receive max punishment. It is sad that 6 lives ended before they could even start.

      • Les

        Ok, Greg. So it’s murder immediately after birth, but not in the beginning stages of pregnancy in your book. Well what about the mid-stages of pregnancy – is that murder? If not, what about the late stages of pregnancy? Exactly where do you draw the line?
        Is partial-birth abortion Ok by you? Planned Parenthood even supports allowing live babies to die if the abortion procedure fails. Is that any better than what Megan Huntsman did with her newborns? At least she killed them immediately, rather than allow them to suffer and die by neglect. But no one has charged the P.P. docs with a crime.

  • Meg

    Obviously no one here can read. Bob said he has always believed it was wrong to take the life of another human BEFORE OR AFTER BIRTH!

  • Brenda Smith

    I do not understand why people are using this horrific murder of innocent newborns as a platform to debate abortion.

  • Brenda Smith

    I will add that I feel this is far worse than abortion as she was able to see those tiny perfect innocent baby faces and end their lives. There isn’t a punishment bad enough for her crime.

  • Liz

    I investigated further and she currently has three daughters. The youngest daughter was born in 2001. This means that she was born among the murdered babies from 1996-2006. Five of the seven autopsies have been completed and it has been reported that only one was female. However, one of the babies was born stillborn and if it was the female, I would suspect that it is possible the woman did not want sons and this was her motive. What’s more is that no one knew she was pregnant with the daughters that are alive now until she took them to the hospital. I think she was aware when she was pregnant, and had the babies with the intention of killing them if they were male.

  • I Hate Baby Killers

    Well What About the “FATHER” True enough, he was incarcerated for 10 years but these infants Where murdered “BEFORE ” he was incarcerated so has it crossed Your mind that “MAYBE ” just “MAYBE” he played a part? “WHAT” husband “DON’T” know when he’s About to be a father… im “NOT ” trying to point fingers or “JUSTIFY ” What this “MISTER OF A MOTHER” has done to these pure innocent Apples of “GOD ” eyes but “THERE’S ALWAYS TWO SIDES TO A STORY” & why would This “HUSBAND” get out of “PRISON & the “FIRST” thing he do is clean a “GARAGE” that has been the “SAME” for “10YEARS”? It just doesn’t make since to me…why Not “START” with the “KITCHEN” or Where you’re going to “SLEEP” dig a little farther because I think there’s. “MORE TO THE STORY”…

  • I Hate Baby Killers

    & I “STRONGLY ” BELIEVE THE “DEATH PENALTY” IS “APPROPRIATE ” IN THIS CASE SEEMING THAT A LAW WAS PASSED INFORMING MOTHER’S & FATHER’S THAT “UNWANTED” CHILDREN COULD BE DROPPED OFF AND CARED FOR BY A FAMILY WHO IS PROBABLY “LESS FORTUNATE OF PRODUCING CHILDREN…MY 2 MONTH OLD PASSED AWAY IN HER SLEEP OF NATURAL CAUSES & I’VE TRIED FOR 2 YEARS TO CONCEIVE WITH “NO PROGRESS” SO I FEEL HAD THIS WOMAN DONE THE “RIGHT THING” SOMEONE SUCH AS MYSELF & MY HUSBAND WHO IS DYING FOR A CHILD “SON OR DAUGHTER ” WOULD HAVE LOVED AND CHERISHED THOSE KIDDOS DISPITE GENDER OR NATIONALITY… WHAT SHE HAS DONE IS AN ABOMINATION TO ALL “MOTHER’S” & THOSE KIDS DIDN’T GET A “SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE” SO WHY SHOULD THIS “MONSTER MOM” GET A SECOND CHANCE…PUT HER WHERE THE HE’LL SHE PUT THOSE BABIES…”IN A FUCKING BOX” …PERIOD…POINT…BLANK…I’D “LOVE ” TO BE ON HER JURY BECAUSE I’D ARGUE THE FACT & MY ONLY RESPONSE WOULD BE…”LETHAL INJECTION” SO SHE COULD FEEL WHAT SHE PUT THOSE BABIES THROUGH…

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