Pleasant Grove police made a grisly discovery Saturday: seven dead infants, six of them in cardboard boxes.
Megan Huntsman, 39, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of six counts of murder.
Police believe she gave birth to the babies then killed them over the past decade, according to a police news release.
On Saturday, police responded to a call from Huntsman’s ex-husband about a dead infant found inside a Pleasant Grove home that Huntsman lived in until 2011. Officers arrived and found the body of a newborn infant, who appeared to be full term, according to the release.
Police obtained a search warrant for the home and found six more babies packaged in separate cardboard boxes inside the garage, said police Capt. Michael Roberts.
Investigators learned that Huntsman allegedly gave birth to the infants, then killed them, over a 10 year period, the release adds. Her ex-husband is believed to be the father, but investigators are still working on DNA tests, Roberts said.
At this point, police are not pursuing charges against the ex-husband, Roberts said.
Police said 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.
“She took good care of him. She was good. This really shocks me,” she said.
Aaron Hawker, who lives next door to the house and has known the family for years, had been watching police come and go from the house all day, also never thought Huntsman looked pregnant.
He described her as a great neighbor, and her ex as “a good guy.” In fact, Hawker saw and talked to Huntsman’s ex just Saturday morning.
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SOURCE: The Salt Lake Tribune