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Utah Mother Admits to Killing Six Of Her Infant Children

Seven Dead Babies Arrest
Rick Bowmer—AP Police tape surrounds the Utah home of Megan Huntsman, who admitted to killing six of her infant children and hiding their bodies

Authorities have set bail at $6 million for Megan Huntsman, 39, who has admitted to killing 6 of the 7 infant children whose bodies were found at her home near Salt Lake City that she shared with her husband, who police say is not suspected of any involvement

The Utah woman accused of killing six of her infant children has admitted to the crime and been given $6 million bail.

Megan Huntsman, 39, has been cooperating with detectives, said Pleasant Grove Police Lieutenant Britt Smith, who was not at liberty to disclose the woman’s motive.

“It’s just an absolutely heinous crime that’s going to leave everybody asking, ‘why,’ even when they hear the motive,” Smith told Reuters.

The dreadful story unfolded when Huntsman’s estranged husband discovered the body of a baby in a cardboard box, stuffed into a cabinet in a garage along with six others. Huntsman had apparently been keeping her pregnancies secret, then strangled or suffocated the infant children directly after giving birth to them, before wrapping up the bodies and hiding them.

Authorities believe one of the babies was stillborn. The bail sum represents a one million dollars each for the other six infants.

The case will be heard on April 21.

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