Utah mother pleads guilty to murdering 6 newborns, faces up to life in prison

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PROVO, Utah - The mother accused of murdering six of her own newborn babies over a 10-year period has pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree murder.

Megan Huntsman, 39, faces five years to life in prison with each count, a minimum of 30 years behind bars.

The District Attorney is recommending her sentences run concurrently.

She is set to be sentenced April 20.

Huntsman admitted to choking or strangling six of her newborn babies to death in court Thursday.

Huntsman told the judge she has had plenty of time to review the plea deal and is willing to accept it.

Police said Huntsman strangled or suffocated six newborns between 1996 and 2006, a time period officials said she was allegedly addicted to meth.

"I think, from our perspective, balancing justice isn't a difficult question to answer," Deputy Utah County Prosecutor Jared Perkins said. "Six dead infants, she's admitted she's the one responsible for those deaths. It's not hard, from our point of view, what should be done."

Huntsman was arrested April 12, 2014 after her estranged husband found a baby's body hidden in the garage of their Pleasant Grove home.

Investigators found the bodies of six other infants in cardboard boxes.

Huntsman claims one of the infants was stillborn.

She is being held at the Utah County jail on a $6 million bond, that is $1 million for each infant she is accused of killing.

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    I oppose taking the life of a viable fetus (human being) before birth just as I oppose the taking of a human life right after birth. I wonder what in the world Megan Huntsman was thinking when she took her children’s lives?

  • robert

    I cant help but think if , a man had done the samething he would have been sentenced to death, but she is sentenced to 30 years she still has a chance at a life ,,,, unlike those babies !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Someone

    …if she does get sentenced concurrently as recommended by the DA, then the minimum sentence is 5 years, not 30. That would be if she gets sentenced consecutively.

  • Matt

    The issue of her being in prison for a minimum of 30-years is not the issue. The issue is how she is going to account to God for her actions.

  • Gary Smith

    Why is that man in Montana getting 70 years in prison for shooting a trespasser in his garage, and this piece of garbage gets as little as five years for each life she took?????

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