Authorities said Wednesday that the Utah woman accused of strangling or suffocating her seven newborns gave birth in her home each time, The Associated Press reported.
Authorities say Megan Huntsman, 39, admitted she strangled or suffocated six of her children, wrapped their bodies in towels or shirts and then put them in plastic bags before entombing them in the garage of her home south of Salt Lake City from 1996 to 2006. The woman said one of the babies was stillborn.
Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts told the AP the woman did not give birth in a hospital, but he didn’t say whether anyone had helped Huntsman with her deliveries.
The woman, who has been held since Sunday on $6 million bail, is due to appear in court Monday for an arraignment.
Pleasant Grove County Jail via Reuters
Megan Huntsman is shown in this booking photo provided by the Pleasant Grove County Jail in Pleasant Grove, Utah April 13, 2014. Huntsman was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder early April 13, 2014 after police found the decomposing bodies of seven infants stuffed in separate cardboard boxes in her former home, authorities said.
Roberts also told the AP Huntsman hid her pregnancies with her two oldest daughters — now in their early 20s — from her family until she was at the hospital.
Her estranged husband found the first infant's body while cleaning out the garage.
First published April 16 2014, 3:59 PM