Woman convicted of killing 6 newborns to serve 49 years before parole

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A Utah woman convicted of killing six of her newborns and hiding their bodies in her garage will serve 49 years in prison before her first parole hearing.

Utah Board of Pardons and Parole spokesman Jim Hatch said Friday that 40-year-old Megan Huntsman has been scheduled to appear before the board in April 2064.


The Pleasant Grove woman told police she was too addicted to meth to care for more children during the decade she killed the babies.

Huntsman was sentenced to up to life in prison in April. The parole board will decide her release date.

Authorities say Huntsman’s estranged husband, Darren West, was the babies’ father and found their stored bodies last April. A seventh baby found in the garage was stillborn.


Authorities say West was the newborns’ father. The couple has three other children together.

Police say Huntsman gave birth to the babies over 10 years, from 1996 to 2006, and strangled or suffocated each child immediately after birth.

She wrapped their bodies in cloth, put them in plastic bags and packed them in boxes. She left them behind when she moved out of the house.

West found the bodies shortly after he finished an eight-year federal prison stint on meth charges. He lived with Huntsman during the decade when the babies were killed, but police have said they aren’t investigating him in the deaths. West has not spoken publicly about the case.

It remains unclear how Huntsman concealed the pregnancies, births and murders from family members and friends.